Arsenal injury updates and their possible return ahead of Brighton blow

Arsenal injury updates and their possible return ahead of Brighton blow
Sunday afternoon’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United kept Arsenal in contention for the Premier League championship alongside Manchester City. The Gunners now trail their title rivals by only one point heading into the final three games of the season, although City has a game in hand.

As Pep Guardiola’s squad returns to Champions League action this week, the north Londoners will be hopeful that fatigue will catch up with them when they travel to Everton the following week.

Arsenal will replace the champions at the summit of the table if they lose any more points. Next weekend, they will host Brighton in a difficult matchup at the Emirates Stadium.
In light of this, football.london has compiled the most recent injury updates for Arsenal ahead of their match against Brighton.

William Saliba
Saliba was forced out of Arsenal’s Europa League match against Sporting CP due to a back injury. The injury prompted the young defender to be replaced. The defender has missed the previous few games and was absent against Manchester City as well.
It remains to be seen whether Saliba will be available for the match against Brighton, with Arteta expected to provide an update later this week.

What Arteta has said: “There hasn’t been much progress. He is feeling better each day, but he is still unable to participate with the first team, so we do not expect him to join us.

“We have not yet reached that point today [ruling him out for the season], as we are always optimistic and players are eager to participate. If this is the case, we will disclose it at some point. However, we pray that is not the case.

“The focus is on the rehabilitation process. In terms of pain and the activities he can now perform off the field, he is in a good position. But we must build this capacity in order to have the right impact, the right load, and to be in excellent condition for team play.”
Takehiro Tomiyasu
Takehiro Tomiyasu was replaced within the opening ten minutes of Arsenal’s match against Sporting CP at the Emirates Stadium. The Japanese defender was unable to continue after overextending for a tackle early in the match and subsequently requiring treatment on the field.

The official club statement continued, “Tomi underwent successful surgery in London on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season.” Everyone at the club will now work with Tomi to prepare him for preseason training ahead of the upcoming season.”

Now, Arteta asserts that the versatile defender could miss the start of the 2023/24 season due to a six-month absence.

What Arteta said: “I don’t know, he’s an important player, but I don’t know how to quantify it,” Arteta said in response to a question about the significance of Saliba’s absence prior to Tuesday’s match against Chelsea.

“I don’t know how to quantify when Gabriel Jesus has been out for four months, Nketiah for three months, Emile Smith Rowe for four and a half months, Kieran Tierney for a few weeks, and Tomiyasu for three and a half months, possibly six months. This is soccer.”

Date of anticipated return: Unknown

Mohamed Elneny Elneny started and played the full 90 minutes in the FA Cup victory over Oxford United.

However, the Egyptian was not included in Arteta’s roster for the 2-0 victory at Tottenham due to a knee injury sustained in training prior to the match. In addition, there was no room on the substitutes for the match against Manchester United.

A club statement then verified that the former Basel player will be sidelined for an extended period of time, though no return date was provided. Elneny has signed a new contract with Arsenal as he nears a return.

Arsenal injury updates and their possible return ahead of Brighton blow