Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has issued an injury update after Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli hobbled off the pitch in pain in the second half of our defeat to Chelsea yesterday.
Arsenal are already without nine first-team players at the moment due to injuries or illness. That has caused some real problems in terms of team selection for Arteta, and fans were worried that there could be two more additions to that list.
The Gunners boss faced the media after the game and he was asked about Tierney and Martinelli. If his words are anything to go by, the pair should be fine for our upcoming fixtures against West Brom and Manchester City.
Arteta provides Arsenal injury update
He said, as per Arsenal.com: “They had to limp off.
“KT had an issue with his quad and Gabi was cramping. He and Bukayo haven’t played 90 minutes for a long time.
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“We’re asking them to do that right now when they’re not fully prepared. They tried really hard, the boys.”
The Insider’s View:
Injuries and illnesses have really hurt Arsenal’s chances of success early in the season. Arteta is without nine first-team players at the moment, 10 if you include Lucas Torreira, which is just too many for any club to deal with.
Among the nine players missing, at least five of them would’ve started yesterday. Alexandre Lacazette, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard would’ve surely made a difference, but there’s nothing we can do now.
The only player guaranteed to be available for the game this weekend against Manchester City is Odegaard. Everyone else is either doubt or ruled out, which makes things all the more difficult for Arteta to get a result against his former employers.