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Huge injury boost for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta declares key players fit for Sheffield United game

Arsenal will have key players back in the squad against Sheffield United as they continue to push for a first Premier League title since 2004

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Arsenal will have two important players back in the squad on Monday against Sheffield United as they continue to push for a first Premier League title since 2004. 

The Gunners are currently seated in third place, only two points adrift of league leaders Liverpool, and are riding a wave of success with six consecutive wins in the league, the latest against Newcastle on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta’s squad, now enjoying a week off, is gearing up for the Premier League fixture against Sheffield United on Monday night. The team is optimistic about the return of key players, Thomas Partey and Oleksandr Zinchenko, while Takehiro Tomiyasu is also showing signs of nearing full fitness. However, Jurrien Timber remains sidelined as a long-term absentee.

After a four-month absence due to a thigh injury, Thomas Partey is edging closer to his return to Arsenal’s first team. Despite not featuring in the recent fixtures against Porto and Newcastle, the midfielder resumed training last week, intensifying his recovery efforts. 

Partey and Zinchenko

Oleksandr Zinchenko and Thomas Partey could be back for Arsenal against Sheffield United (Image credit: Getty Images)

Arteta expressed optimism about Partey’s imminent comeback, stating, “He’s very close. Obviously, he’s been out for many, many months now, and we need to really nail the timing… I think he’s very close.” The Ghanaian international is expected to elevate his recovery efforts this week, with a potential return slated for the Sheffield United clash on March 4.

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Left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, sidelined since his halftime substitution against Liverpool, is nearing a return. Dealing with a calf issue, Zinchenko’s recovery progress has been positive. Arteta confirmed that the Ukrainian is “not far at all” from being match-ready. A final decision on Zinchenko’s involvement against Sheffield United will be determined after a week of assessments in training, with a potential return date also set for March 4.

Takehiro Tomiyasu is working towards full fitness since returning from the Asian Cup in the quarter-final with Japan. A lingering “niggle” from the tournament has kept the defender out of action for Arsenal. While not deemed fit for the Newcastle clash, Arteta acknowledged that Tomiyasu needs “still a little bit more time.” The Japanese international is eyeing a potential return on March 9 against Brentford.

While Jurrien Timber is recuperating from an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained on the Premier League’s opening weekend and is progressing well. He has been included in Arsenal’s squad for the Champions League knockout stages but his return timeline remains uncertain. 

Arteta expressed hope, stating, “I really hope so, he’s doing really well… we are going to start to do some bits with us in the next week or so.” Timber’s return will depend on his confidence and fitness levels, with the specific date still unknown.

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