Mikel Arteta has avoided a major double Arsenal injury scare following the 1-0 win over Burnley.
After starting the season with a host of first-team players missing for the Premier League defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, the international break was certainly kind to the Gunners manager.
Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey all recovered from their setbacks to help Arsenal pick up their first Premier League win of the season against Norwich City last weekend.
All three were involved at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon as Martin Odegaard’s superb free-kick sealed another 1-0 win for Arteta’s side.
Next up for the Gunners is AFC Wimbledon in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night before the first north London derby of the season against Tottenham four days later.
Arteta will be hopeful of two home wins on the spin and he does have a near full-strength squad to choose from.
With that said, there are a few concerns for the Spaniard to deal with, so here is the latest Arsenal team news and injury updates ahead of games against AFC Wimbledon and Tottenham.
The midfielder is serving the third and final game of his suspension following his red card against Manchester City before the international break.
Furthermore, Xhaka is back to full health after testing positive for Covid-19 which caused him to miss Switzerland’s triple-header earlier in the month.
The 28-year-old has now returned to the UK and is able to train again following an isolation period in Basel.
Elneny missed the Burnley win with a hamstring injury.
Prior to the Turf Moor trip, an update on Arsenal.com read: “Left hamstring. Mo has worked hard with the medical team after suffering a hamstring strain and is aiming to be back in full training next week.”
As per Premier Injuries, Elneny’s return date is pencilled in for September 26, which means he could be available for selection against Tottenham if his recovery goes to plan.
With that said, Elneny was spotted in training ahead of the Burnley clash, which may hint at possible involvement against AFC Wimbledon.
Thomas Partey started the game against Burnley before he was eventually substituted for Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the second half, limping off the field.
However, Arteta assured the fans that it was nothing serious.
In his post-match press conference, he said: “He struggled at the end. He was cramping but that will come because he’s missed a long time. He needs some fitness back.”
Kieran Tierney has started all five of the Gunners’ Premier League fixtures so far this season, although he has been substituted in two of them, including at Turf Moor.
“Again he had a problem”, Arteta confirmed after the game. “I think he was cramping. The pitch was pretty difficult today it was quite long”.
The Spaniard will hope the 24-year-old will be fully fit for the must-win clash against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Rob Holding has recovered from a minor knee problem as he was a surprise inclusion in the matchday squad against Burnley, whilst Emile Smith Rowe is ok after being taken off just after the hour mark.
Source by Football London