Arsenal got themselves right back in the race for the top four in the Premier League this season after recording a 4-2 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in their game in hand, moving level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
The Gunners had no fresh injury concerns from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton and they once again came away unscathed following their midweek victory, leaving Mikel Arteta with just three absentees ahead of Saturday’s clash with Manchester United.
Here is all you need to know about the current state of play at the Emirates Stadium and the potential return dates for those out injured.
Takehiro Tomiyasu is expected to be the first of the trio of injured players to make a return to action for the Gunners and he could very well be in line to feature for the first time since January this weekend, following his return to first team training this week after a lengthy lay-off.
The Japan international has made just two appearances in 2022 and has been out with a calf injury for the best part of two months, having last featured in a match day squad on February 19 for the 2-1 defeat of Brentford, but after a number of setbacks, Arteta has revealed a return is now very close.
Speaking on Tuesday, Arteta said: “Tomi is very, very close. Whether this game (vs Chelsea) is going to be too early for him or not, again we will decide it today after the training session.”
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Kieran Tierney’s injury is a huge blow for Arsenal as the first choice left-back looks as though his season is at risk of being over when it was recently revealed that he will require knee surgery after feeling some discomfort following a training session.
The Scotland international has been ruled out of Arsenal’s last four fixtures and it is clear that the Gunners have missed him after the first three of those ended in defeat, and as things stand, it is unknown as to whether Tierney will feature again this season.
Speaking on April 5, Arteta said: “Kieran felt discomfort after a training session on Thurs. A specialist consultation took place, and as a result of further discussions, it has been decided that he requires [knee] surgery.”
Midfielder Thomas Partey has joined Tierney on the long-term injury bench after picking up a “significant injury” during the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on April 4, in which he damaged one of his thighs and was hauled off with 15 minutes remaining of the tie.
The Ghanaian international has subsequently missed out Arsenal’s last three fixtures and is ruled out for the foreseeable future, with Arteta suggesting that there could be no chance of him returning to action before the end of the season, following further assessments.
Speaking on April 15, Arteta said: “The news that we got after another assessment is not looking very positive for his availability this season. At the moment we’re not very optimistic.”