Arsenal’s momentum run form are continues as Mikel Arteta’s men progress to next round in the FA Cup competitions after defeated Newcastle United 2-0 on Saturday evening.
After the contest was forced to enter extra-time, Mikel Arteta’s side got the job done thanks to goals from starlet Emile Smith-Rowe and club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, meaning they began their defence of the trophy in winning style.
The victory over the Magpies means that Arsenal have now won their last four matches in all competitions, keeping three clean sheets on the bounce during that time.
However, Mikel Arteta & co., who will face Southampton or Shrewsbury in the fourth round and Chorley or Wolves in the fifth round of the competitions, have little time to rest, with the games continuing to come thick and fast.
Next up for Arsenal is a clash with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening before facing Newcastle United once again a-week-on-Monday.
Ahead of that Premier League double-header, here is a round-up of all the very latest Gunners injury news.
Thomas Partey is expecting to be available for Thursday’s clash against Crystal Palace, according to Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.
The 27-year-old has missed Arsenal’s last nine games across all competitions but having been trained with the Gunners rest of the squad in couple of days.
However, the powerful central midfielder, despite the clash with Steve Bruce’s side having been set as a target date for him to return, was not involved, meaning his wait for a return to action continues.
Fortunately, though, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, in his post-match press conference, hinted that the defensive-midfielder could make a return to action against Palace on Thursday.
The Spaniard coach said: ‘We assessed the situation, how much training he’s done, the boxes that he’s ticked and he was still a little bit short.
‘Hopefully, on Thursday [against Crystal Palace], we might have him available in the squad.
‘Let’s see how he trains in the next couple of days but he’s looking really good at the moment.’
Just like Thomas Partey, fellow summer signing Gabriel also missed out on a return to action against Newcastle United last weekend.
The Brazilian defender, who joined Arsenal from Ligue 1 side Lille, tested positive for coronavirus in late-December.
Despite training on Friday ahead of the clash with the Magpies, Gabriel was not named in the match-day squad, meaning he, like Partey, will be eyeing a return to action following a spell on the sidelines against Crystal Palace on Thursday evening.
After missed starting XI in Arsenal’s 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, Gabriel Martinelli was poised to start the FA Cup clash with Newcastle but was forced to pull out around 30 minutes before kick-off.
The 19-year-old forward, chasing a loose ball during the warm-up, fell to the floor holding his ankle in a great deal of pain, meaning he had to be replaced in the starting line-up by Reiss Nelson.
Issuing an update on the Brazilian’s condition after the game, Mikel Arteta said: ‘I am gutted. I was in my office before the game and one of the coaches came in and said that Gabi hurt himself, that he twisted his ankle.
‘I went to the medical room and he was in tears. It didn’t look good.
‘He was in a lot of pain and we’re going to have to see how he is. He was in pain so I imagine we’re not going to have good news with him.’
The Brazilian will undergo a scan later this week, but it remains unclear how long he will be sidelined for.