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Mikel Arteta provides Arsenal injury update ahead of Brentford game in Premier League

Published at :March 7, 2024 at 10:16 PM
Modified at :March 7, 2024 at 10:16 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Arteta hopes to have a fully fit squad for the Brentford clash

On Monday night, as their incredible run of form extended against Sheffield United, Arsenal were dealt a pair of new selection scares.

The self-assured Gunners hammered the Premier League’s worst team 6-0 at Bramall Lane, making history as only the second club in English top-flight history to score five goals or higher in three straight-away matches.

After serious weekend victories throughout Nottingham Forest and Manchester United by leaders Liverpool and the reigning champions Manchester City, respectively, Arsenal’s most recent commanding triumph allowed them to maintain their lead in an exhilarating three-way race for the championship.

Mikel Arteta’s team is still in third place, two points behind the league leaders in advance of their Saturday evening visit to the Emirates Stadium by the city rivals Brentford.The decisive victory over Sheffield United did not come without incident, though, as Gabriel Martinelli had to go off after suffering an injury after the break and Bukayo Saka was brought on at halftime.

Gabriel Jesus also increased his comeback to full fitness from the bench in South Yorkshire, but Arteta was fortunate to have Thomas Partey back in duty for the first occasion since October.

‘We got some players back last Monday – Thomas Partey – and then we had Gabriel Martinelli (foot) and Bukayo Saka (illness) with little issues. We’re pretty positive that, hopefully, they can be part of that. But we’ll have to see.’

Therefore, while Bukayo Saka appears to be in a lot better position than Gabriel Martinelli, this does not necessarily suggest that the Brazilian is in a worse situation. Considering that Arteta uses the word “little” a lot, it’s possible that he believes Gabi’s issue is not as bad as it first appeared to be.

Martinelli was the game’s scorer, although in the first half, Bukayo Saka caused an own goal and struck the crossbar. Although the game was decided before halftime, Mikel Arteta reasonably didn’t feel the need to risk further injuries to his best players despite the fact that the contest was exciting from an attacking standpoint. Saka and Martinelli should be well enough to play this weekend against Brentford.

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