Mikel Arteta provided insights into Arsenal’s squad situation before the upcoming match against Luton Town, revealing concerns over Takehiro Tomiyasu’s fitness following the 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers Following Tomiyasu’s withdrawal in the 79th minute of the Wolves game, it has raised concerns about a potential injury.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Arteta said: “We assessed him after the game, we took him off as a precaution so we’ll wait.”
The decision on his availability for the Luton clash will be made closer to the game time, with hopes that he will recover swiftly. Arteta expressed optimism, saying, “He’s a strong boy and hopefully he’ll be fine.”
In more positive news, Ben White is set to return to the lineup, having regained full fitness after a period of managing his workload post-injury. Arteta says White is ready to return to the team. “He played some minutes and he’s now in a good place.”
However, Arsenal continues to struggle with ongoing fitness issues plaguing several key players, including Thomas Partey, Fabio Vieira, Emile Smith Rowe, and Jurrien Timber.
Partey has endured a challenging season due to a thigh injury. Arteta said of the Ghanaian, “Hopefully the injury will heal in the right way and we’ll have him back because he is a big player for us.” The midfielder’s return timeline remains uncertain, raising doubts about his availability for the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Fabio Vieira underwent surgery after struggling with a groin injury, indicating a prolonged spell on the sidelines, while Emile Smith Rowe’s recovery from a knee injury aims for a potential return to first-team contention before year-end, per Arteta’s update.
Regarding Jurrien Timber’s rehabilitation from an ACL injury suffered during his Premier League debut, Arteta expressed hope for progress, mentioning, “He’s been for a few walks but that’s very far from competing.” Despite reports suggesting Timber might miss Euro 2024, no specific timeline for his return has been confirmed.