Key Arsenal player has been ruled out of the match against Newcastle United.
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Key Arsenal player has been ruled out of the match against Newcastle United.

Key Arsenal player has been ruled out of the match against Newcastle United.

WILLIAM SALIBA will miss Sunday’s match against Newcastle United due to a back injury, but Mikel Arteta is optimistic that the defender will return before the end of the season.

The France international has missed the last seven games as Arsenal’s title bid faltered, with the Gunners having surrendered the lead to Manchester City after a run of just one win in their last five matches.

Arsenal has conceded in each of the games in which Saliba has been absent, having played in every Premier League game prior to being sidelined with a back injury.
Last week, Arteta stated that the recuperation was taking longer than anticipated.

When pressed for an update on the injury, he replied, “Not much progress.” “He’s feeling better every day, but he hasn’t been able to train with the first squad, so we don’t anticipate him joining us (at Newcastle).

“It’s all about the healing process; pain-wise and in terms of what he can do off the field, he’s in a good place, but we need to build his capacity with the appropriate load so he can contribute to the team.”
When asked if it was time to acknowledge that Saliba would miss the remainder of the season, he responded, “We are not there yet because we are always hopeful and the players want to play.” If so, we’ll make an announcement, but we hope not.”

In addition to Saliba and Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel Magalhaes was forced off in Tuesday’s victory over Chelsea, which could have exacerbated Arsenal’s defensive injury situation.

Yesterday, Arteta stated at his press conference, “We will have to see how he is tomorrow.” “However, he was unable to complete the game, which was a warning sign. “Let’s see what happens tomorrow.”

Arsenal could be trailing City by four points by the time they start off against Newcastle, with the Gunners aiming to secure a third-place finish this season.

The corresponding fixture last season occurred in the penultimate game of the season, with Newcastle’s 2-0 victory all but ending Arsenal’s prospects of qualifying for the Champions League.

Arteta, as depicted in the Amazon documentary “All or Nothing: Arsenal,” lashed out at his players following the loss at St. James’ Park, but he does not intend to use the defeat as motivation this time around.

“It’s a very different game,” he declared. Different participants, various games. Certainly, we will have to perform better than we did last year, as we are aware of how formidable they have been at home.

“I do not believe there is much there to motivate. There are many things we must do better than on that day.

Key Arsenal player has been ruled out of the match against Newcastle United.