Arsenal have had an extremely poor start to the Premier League campaign.
The Gunners are yet to muster a single point or goal across their opening three fixtures and have suffered hefty defeats at the hands of Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, the latter of which ended in a 5-0 drubbing at the Etihad.
However, Arsenal will be boosted by the deadline day signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu – who signed for £17million plus add ons with minutes to spare in the window – and the potential return of some of their key players, including the likes of Ben White and Thomas Partey, who should be available for selection again very soon.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the squad currently looks going into their clash with Norwich City on Saturday, September 11.
Ahead of Switzerland’s clash with Greece on Wednesday evening, the Swiss FA confirmed on Twitter that Xhaka had tested positive for Covid-19.
The rules on the Swiss government’s website state that isolation after a positive COVID-19 test “normally lasts 10 days”. However, the Swiss FA are planning to have a further test on Thursday, which may change his situation.
A statement from the Swiss FA read: “Xhaka was diagnosed with symptoms on the morning of the game and was immediately isolated in his room.
“A quick test turned out negative, the subsequent PCR test, carried out to be on the safe side, produced a positive result in the evening. Xhaka stayed out of touch with his teammates all day.
“He will do another PCR test on Thursday.
“The canton doctor of Baselland ordered no further measures for the team because the other players in the senior national team are all either vaccinated or have recovered. A member of the staff had to go into quarantine.”
However, even if his second PCR test ends up being negative, Xhaka will be unavailable for Norwich following his red card against City.
Kolasinac may be a doubt after he was forced off during Bosnia and Herzegovina’s game with France on Wednesday evening, following a horrible tackle from Jules Kounde, who was subsequently sent off.
The extent of the injury is still unknown.
White will be available for selection again after the international break following the end of his 10-day quarantine.
Arsenal’s £50million summer signing tested positive for Covid prior to the clash with Chelsea at the Emirates on August 22, but he will be available for when the Gunners host Norwich next weekend if he returns a negative PCR test before then.
Gabrielhas been unavailable for all of Arsenal’s opening three Premier League games after sustaining a knee injury whilst away with Brazil at the 2020 Olympics.
However, he was back in training before Arteta’s side’s trip to City and appears to steadily progressing back to full fitness, and did make an appearance for the U23s against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Ghanaian suffered an injury against Chelsea in a pre-season friendly on August 1 and has been out since.
He is said to be working hard with the medical team and is set to return to training sometime this week to work on his fitness.
Nketiahalso suffered an injury against Thomas Tuchel’s side in pre-season, enduring an ankle problem that has kept him out until now.
He was due to return to training in early September, but it is unclear when he will next be available.
Source by Football London