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Arsenal defender not in training ahead of Manchester United clash

Important Arsenal defender is reportedly not training with teammates ahead of this weekend’s clash against Manchester United

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Arsenal are preparing for a crucial Premier League fixture as they gear up to face Manchester United at Old Trafford in their penultimate game of the 2023-24 campaign. With their title aspirations hanging in the balance, the Gunners are eager to secure all three points against a familiar opponent.

Fresh off a commanding 3-0 victory against Bournemouth, Arsenal go into the fixture with confidence, especially considering Manchester United’s embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday night. However, as the key fixture looms, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta faces some injury concerns within his squad.

Sky Sports reports that Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu was notably absent from Arsenal’s training session at the Sobha Realty Training Centre on Tuesday morning. While his absence raises initial concerns, there remains hope that Tomiyasu could join the team later on, providing a boost to the defensive line.

Our understanding is that the Japanese defender hasn’t picked up any new injury and instead he’s being managed carefully ahead of the final two games of the Premier League campaign.

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Additionally, star forward Bukayo Saka was spotted wearing strapping on his leg following a cut sustained during the match against Bournemouth. Despite this, Saka showed no signs of pain or discomfort, and although he was substituted in the 86th minute, he is expected to be fit for the upcoming clash against Manchester United.

Currently leading the Premier League table by a solitary point, Arsenal face a tight race with Manchester City for the title, with both teams having played a differing number of games. Arsenal’s final fixture of the season sees them take on Everton, but their immediate focus is on securing victory at the red side of Manchester.

With aspirations of winning the title, Arsenal must win their remaining games and hope for slip-ups from Manchester City, who face tough fixtures against Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, and West Ham United.

Aside from Tomiyasu’s absence from training, Arsenal boast a relatively fit squad, with Jurrien Timber returning to the first-team fold.

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