After failing to win in consecutive matches for the first time this season, Arsenal are looking to stay top of the Premier League table as they take on Manchester City in the biggest game of their season so far.
Manchester City remains the only domestic side Mikel Arteta has faced as a manager and has still failed to beat…
Tomorrow presents itself another opportunity to change that.
The boss will be hoping his team can go six points clear at the top of the table with a win tomorrow, however it’s still unclear whether a few players will make the squad due to recent injury issues…
Emile Smith Rowe
Emile Smith Rowe has been out with a groin issue for the majority of the 2022/23 season, with Arsenal’s number 10 being limited to only five appearances so far this season.
The Hale End academy graduate did return with substitute appearances against Tottenham and Oxford United but was missing for the FA Cup clash against Manchester City & Arsenal’s most recent games against Everton & Brentford as he was suffering with a thigh strain and was left out as a precaution.
Emile Smith Rowe is now back in full first-team training and could be on the bench tomorrow, if he passes a late fitness test before the game.
Reiss Nelson suffered a hamstring injury in the friendly with Juventus in December which was a big blow for the player at the time considering the good form he was on before that injury.
However, the good news is Reiss Nelson is back in full first-team training after returning last week and is expected to be in the squad for the game at the Emirates tomorrow.
Gabriel Jesus is progressing well from the knee injury he picked up at the World Cup over two months ago now. The Brazilian was seen back running on grass this week as he continues his rehabilitation to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.
Mikel Arteta on Gabriel Jesus’ fitness: “Really good. He’s been out on the pitch. He’s been doing quite a lot of work with the ball already.”
Gabriel Jesus is getting closer but the game against Manchester City is expected to come too soon for Arsenal’s number nine.
Regardless, the comeback is getting ever closer which can only be good news for Mikel Arteta, despite the way Eddie Nketiah has stepped up in Gabriel Jesus’ absence over the last couple of month. The more options the better.
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