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Arsenal trio yet to train in BIG BLOW for Manchester City clash

A key Arsenal trio are yet to train as fears grow over their fitness ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Manchester City.

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Arsenal travel to face Manchester City on Sunday in the Premier League, but face a nervous wait over a key trio, who are yet to train ahead of the game.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mikel Arteta confirmed that neither Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli or Gabriel Magalhaes have trained so far ahead of the game, casting major doubt over their possible involvement.

The Spaniard did offer some hope over their fitness, however, saying: “There is a chance. They haven’t trained but tomorrow we have another session so there is a chance that they can be available.”

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Saka left international duty with England, with reports suggesting that the 22-year-old has been nursing and playing through a long-term injury, which the national team did not want to risk aggravating.

Gabriel Magalhaes was also forced to withdraw from international duty, allegedly due to an Achilles tendon injury, with reports on his progress few and far between other than the update from Arteta.

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His Brazilian compatriot Gabriel Martinelli is also nursing an injury, having been seen using crutches after the Gunners’ 1-0 win over Porto earlier this month, which saw him miss out on the latest Brazil squad.

Manchester City are dealing with injury issues of their own, however, with Pep Guardiola confirming on Friday that both Kyle Walker and John Stones are expected to miss the game through injuries sustained during the international break.

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