No Ozil, Ramsey, Sanchez - why Arsenal may field weakened lineup vs Liverpool in season opener

Wales' Aaron Ramsey looks dejected

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has suggested that there may be several stars struggling to be ready for the Premier League opener with Liverpool.

Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the first goal for ArsenalAlexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring for Arsenal

Arsenal may have to field a side nowhere near their first choice against Liverpool in the Premier League opener, if midfielder Aaron Ramsey's comments to the London Evening Standard are a true insight into Arsene Wenger's thinking.

Speaking after Wales exited the European Championships, the 25-year-old said he expected manager Wenger to give the players who played tournament football into July for their country time off that could mean they barely start pre-season before the first match is upon them.

"I am back on August 1, so I have a few weeks off but, obviously, it kicks off a couple of weeks afterwards," Ramsey told the Evening Standard.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey looks dejectedWales' Aaron Ramsey looks dejected

"A few years ago, Germany won the World Cup and the German players came in just a few days before the first game of the season, but they missed that.

"[Arsene Wenger] does like to give players a little break and I'll be getting the same treatment. I feel I need a few weeks off now."

It could leave them fielding the side below, with Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil all in a race against time for that first match.

Liverpool could also be forced into changes if Jurgen Klopp offers the same rest to both Joe Allen and Emre Can.

Last season Alexis Sanchez started the opening day defeat against West Ham on the bench having featured in the Copa America final, and after sporting a nasty looking injury after this year's penalty win over Argentina, it is very possible that he will also not make the starting line-up, even though he finished his football earlier than some of his teammates.

Arsenal's two France stars, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud, are very likely to be eased back into proceedings, whether they are victorious in the final over Portugal or not.

Though Ramsey missed the semi-final it is telling that he should mention the fact he will begin pre-season training so late, just as it is important that Wenger listens to the Welshman when he says he is tired and needs a good rest.

The midfielder was in sensational form in France, and having Ramsey operating at that level will be exciting for the club and their supporters next season, even if it means he isn't available from the off.

Germany's Mesut Ozil didn't have such a positive tournament. Though there was the occasional moment of quality from the playmaker, he will likely be remembered for his two penalty misses.

Germany's Mesut OzilGermany's Mesut Ozil

With it very possible that those five players are gradually introduced into the first team it could see the Gunners starting what will be a tough match against Liverpool severely understrength.

Supporters will certainly be hoping that more than a couple of those mentioned above feel fresh enough to start against the Reds on August 14. 

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