Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Martinelli, Mohamed Elneny – Arsenal injury news ahead of Crystal Palace

The Premier League’s return is finally upon us as several teams face off today.

However, Arsenal have to wait a little longer as the Gunners aren’t set to face Patrick Viera’s Crystal Palace until Monday night.

Wins against Norwich, Burnley and Tottenham and a draw with Brighton sent them into the break in good form, but the pressure will be back on should they fail to pick up three points against the Eagles.

Granit Xhaka remains the only player with a long-term injury issue having suffered a knee injury against north London rivals Spurs, whilst a few others, including Gabriel Martinelli, are doubts ahead of an important game for the Gunners.

With that being said, football.london has taken a look at the current state of Arsenal’s squad.

Granit Xhaka

Xhaka limped off with a knee injury in the North London Derby in September and has subsequently been ruled out of action for three months.

What Arteta said: “With Granit, I don’t know,” the Arsenal boss said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Palace.

“But what I’m sure is that if you tell him three he will be thinking two. He will be trying to cut edges and do extra work to minimise that time, that’s for sure.

“We have to manage in the right way because it’s a significant injury and we want to have him back properly when we can. We have to manage him carefully.

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“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.”

Expected return date: mid-December.



Granit Xhaka has been injured since Arsenal's win against Tottenham. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka has been injured since Arsenal’s win against Tottenham (Photo by IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

Thomas Partey

Partey has had a terrible run of luck on the injury front since joining Arsenal.

He missed the start of this season with a knock and then limped off against Burnley but the problem did not stop him from playing the full 90 minutes against Spurs or Brighton.

The midfielder has been in impressive form with Ghana over the past couple of weeks, scoring in both of their matches against Zimbabwe.

While he appears to have come through unscathed, Arteta did suggest that the international break may have taken its toll on the 28-year-old.

What Arteta said: “Well let’s see. We haven’t had the players here yet some of them because they’re still travelling. He played well and scored a couple of goals.”

Expected return date: Crystal Palace (H).

Gabriel Martinelli

Martinelli hasn’t featured much for Arsenal this season despite fans desperately wanting to see the young Brazilian more often.



Gabriel Martinelli is a doubt for Arsenal's clash with Crystal Palace. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Gabriel Martinelli is a doubt for Arsenal’s clash with Crystal Palace (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

And now it seems as though they’ll have to wait even longer as he is suffering from a minor injury as Arteta confirmed that he’s picked up a knock.

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What Arteta said: “Unfortunately, he got injured last week,” the Spaniard said. “It’s a minor injury. We don’t know if he’s going to be available for Monday.”

Expected return: unknown.

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 out, he could be afforded an opportunity by Arteta in the coming weeks, especially after he played two sets of 90 minutes in Egypt’s wins over Libya during the international break.

Expected return date: Crystal Palace (H).

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Takehiro Tomiyasu

Tomiyasu was in fine form during the international break as he helped Japan to a huge win over Australia on Tuesday.

However, concerns will be raised regarding the distance the defender has had to travel. Tomiyasu first played against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh before travelling to Japan for the clash with Australia.

Hence, he may need a rest upon return.

Expected return date: Crystal Palace (H).

Source by Football London

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