The Premier League is back after the international break with Arsenal hosting Leeds United on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners looking to keep their eight point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Mikel Arteta has a few injury concerns ahead of the match. Here’s a look at who’s available and who’s not ahead of the 3pm kick-off on Saturday afternoon.
Thomas Partey missed Ghana’s last game while away on international duty due to a problem with his right thigh. He was seen getting it bandaged up in the training session on Monday which brought concern to Arsenal fans as everyone knows how important the Ghanian is to the Arsenal team.
However his injury isn’t thought to be a serious one and he was left out of Ghana’s final game as a precaution, nothing more.
Thomas Partey trained with the Arsenal first-team today and he’s expected to be available for the game against Leeds this weekend.
An ankle injury has kept Nketiah out since the beginning of March, with his last start coming in the dramatic comeback win over Aston Villa.
Speaking before the international break, Mikel Arteta said:
“He’s getting better. He’s still in the boot and still a few weeks away. We need to be patient. It was a nasty injury and he has a big challenge ahead of him. Thank God it could have been worse. So he’s not in a bad place.”
However, Eddie Nketiah now looks pretty close to recovering from the injury that has kept him out of action for the last few weeks.
He wasn’t involved in training today at London Colney.
The English striker could make the bench against Leeds, however if he doesn’t, then he’s definitely expected to be back in the squad and available the week after.
William Saliba was taken off early on in Arsenal’s defeat to Sporting before the international break. The Frenchman was suffering with some discomfort in his lower back, which meant he stayed at London Colney during the international break and was assessed by the Arsenal medical team.
Saliba’s injury isn’t thought to be a serious one however reports in France claim the centre-back is facing a couple of weeks on the sidelines, in what would be a huge blow for the Gunners.
He is expected to be back by the time Arsenal face Manchester City in April however & most likely earlier than that.
William Saliba wasn’t involved in Arsenal training at London Colney today and isn’t expected to make the squad on the weekend.
Takehiro Tomiyasu won’t feature for Arsenal again this season after undergoing knee surgery very recently.
Mohamed Elneny won’t feature for Arsenal again this season after undergoing knee surgery earlier this year.