Xhaka, Saka, Partey – Arsenal team news and injury updates ahead of the international break

Arsenal have endured a rollercoaster start to their Premier League campaign.

The Gunners go into the current international break sitting 11th in the standings, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

Mikel Arteta’s side lost all of their first three league fixtures, struggling against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City as they failed to net a single goal across 270 minutes of action.

However, Arsenal soon turned their fortunes around, recording narrow 1-0 wins against Norwich City and Burnley before a scintillating first-half display against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur helped them clinch a 3-1 win against the Lillywhites.

The north Londoners were unable to continue their fine run of form, drawing 0-0 with Graham Potter’s Brighton on Saturday before the international break offered a two-week club football hiatus.

With that being said, here is the latest Arsenal team news and injury updates going into this month’s instalment of international football.

Thomas Partey

Thomas Partey has struggled with a plethora of injury problems since joining from Atletico Madrid in October 2020.

The Ghanaian vice-captain missed the opening part of the current campaign after sustaining an ankle injury in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea before returning from the bench during the win against Norwich earlier this season.

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He then again limped off against Burnley but the problem did not stop him from playing the full 90 minutes against Spurs or Brighton. Arsenal fans will hope that the 28-year-old stays fully fit during the break.

Granit Xhaka

Whilst the news is positive for Partey, the outlook is not so promising for his midfield colleague Granit Xhaka.

The Swiss international has endured a rollercoaster start to the new campaign having been handed a three-match suspension for his red card against Manchester City, while he then tested positive for Covid-19.

Finally, back in contention, Xhaka was withdrawn with what looked to be a painful knee injury against Spurs and Arteta has since revealed he is set for an extended period on the sidelines.

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is set to be missing for some time. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is set to be missing for some time. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Talking ahead of the Brighton clash, Arteta said: “We’re going to lose him for a while. We’ll try to keep him as close as possible to the team. He will evolve and develop in other areas. It’s the first big injury that he’s had. We are here to help him and I’m sure we’ll find some ways around it in the team because we have some really good players who can do the job.”

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Bukayo Saka

Arsenal fans held their breath as reigning player of the year Bukayo Saka limped off during the dying embers of the game at the AmEx Stadium.

However, Arteta has since confirmed that the 20-year-old’s knock was nothing serious.

Asked about Saka’s injury, the Spaniard replied: “He’s fine. He got a knock but he should be fine.”

Still, the talented winger didn’t train with the rest of the England squad on Tuesday, taking part in a gym session instead.

Mohamed Elneny

Elneny has suffered with some frustrating issues at the start of the campaign having missed the wins against Norwich City, Burnley and Spurs.

His knee injury appeared to have cleared up for Arsenal’s Carabao Cup clash with AFC Wimbledon but he has not been seen in a Premier League matchday squad.

However, with Xhaka certainly out, he could be afforded an opportunity by Arteta in the coming weeks.

Source by Football London

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