Checkout Arsenal injury updates ahead of West Brom clash
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that he is confident that teenager Bukayo Saka will be fit to face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Checkout Arsenal injury updates ahead of West Brom
The 19-year-old winger was forced off in the latter stages of Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Brighton at the AMEX Stadium on Tuesday, sparking fears that he could be set for a spell on the sidelines.
Any potential absence would be a huge blow for Mikel Arteta, with Saka firmly establishing himself as one of Arsenal’s key attacking players in recent weeks.
Saka, who claimed man-of-the-match award against Chelsea, impressed again to won the award when Gunners take on Brighton at AMEX Stadium on Tuesday, supplying the assist for Alexandre Lacazette’s late winner.
But Mikel Arteta is hopeful that the England international will be available for selection as the Gunners travel to the Hawthorns for their first match of 2021.
‘I hope he is available we will see today with training or not,’ Mikel Arteta said, during his pre-match press conference.
‘He’s played a lot of minutes as well, and I’m confident that he will be OK for the game.’
Arsenal will also hope to have David Luiz and Willian available, after the Brazilian duo missed the last two games.
David Luiz was forced into a period of self-isolation after being told that he had also been in contact with someone that had tested positive for Covid-19, whilst Willian was ‘unwell’.
And head coach Arteta Mikel believes the pair could play some part against Sam Allardyce’s West Brom on Saturday.
‘Well, we will see today. Some players had to come in yesterday to get assessed. After the game we had a couple of knocks.
‘And then we have the players who have been through all the regulations with COVID, different individuals which I think we’re gonna recover for the game against West Brom.
‘But we will see tomorrow who is available, who is fit, and how is everybody feeling.’
Partey, meanwhile, is expected to miss the clash despite return to return with rest of Arsenal squad.
The 27-year-old midfielder, who limping off in the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur in the early throws of December, missed the clashes with Dundalk, Burnley, Southampton, Everton, Manchester City, Chelsea and last night clash against Brighton, meaning Arsenal have been starved of the quality and aggression he brings to the engine room.
However, earlier of the last week the powerful midfielder return to individual training before training with rest of Mikel Arteta’s squad this week, but is not expected to involved when Arsenal trip to West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
Gabriel Magalheas, on the other hand, will also miss the tussle with West Brom this weekend.
The Brazilian defender, who joined the Gunners from Ligue 1 side Lille during the summer, will miss Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion after being confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.
The 22-year-old centre-back missed Saturday’s clash with Chelsea after being forced to self-isolate, following the news that someone he had been in close contact with had tested positive for the virus. Now, Gabriel has tested positive himself, meaning he must spend a period of time in self-isolation.