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Arsenal latest injury news and returns with fresh Saka, Saliba and Trossard updates

Arsenal latest injury news and returns with fresh Saka, Saliba and Trossard updates

Arsenal heads into the international break in excellent form, having maintained an undefeated record in the Premier League despite a challenging series of fixtures. 

Their most recent match was against title contenders Manchester City, which turned out to be a closely contested battle as both teams aimed to gain an advantage.

In the end, it was Arsenal who secured all three points thanks to a late, deflected strike from Gabriel Martinelli. 


While this was a thrilling moment for Arsenal fans, who now have high hopes of surpassing City to win the title this season, there is a growing concern lurking in the background.

The return of a few key players against Manchester City was marred by injury issues affecting Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, and William Saliba.

 With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the most recent injury updates for Arsenal as they approach the international break.

Bukayo Saka

Following his forced substitution during last week’s Champions League defeat to RC Lens, Bukayo Saka was noticeably absent from the entire Arsenal squad in the match against Manchester City. Concerns regarding his injury have escalated, raising doubts about his availability for the upcoming international break.

Saka was present at the Emirates Stadium to witness Arsenal’s victory over Manchester City, and fans are eagerly anticipating his fitness for the upcoming clash against Chelsea, which is less than two weeks away. 

However, the England men’s national team recently released an update stating that the young winger won’t be included in their squad for the international break.

What Mikel Arteta has said: “He felt something and then you are tempted to risk him, but he was unable to train yesterday so that put him out of the game straight away. It’s a blow not to have him but we have lost players in recent weeks and have adapted to it. He is a really important player, there is no question about that, but the team has to use the resources that we have to make it, even without him.”

What the England national team have said: “Bukayo Saka will play no part in England’s fixtures with Australia and Italy. The forward reported to St. George’s Park on Monday alongside the rest of the Three Lions’ squad. Having missed Arsenal’s Premier League win against Manchester City on Sunday through injury, Saka was assessed by the England medical team and it was decided the player would continue his rehabilitation at his club.”

Injury: Hamstring and thigh

Expected return date: Unknown

Leandro Trossard

Leandro Trossard made his return to the Arsenal starting lineup in the match against Lens last week and was included in Mikel Arteta’s side on Sunday due to Bukayo Saka’s absence. 

However, Trossard’s time on the pitch was limited to just 45 minutes, and he was substituted, with the matchwinner Gabriel Martinelli taking his place.

Initially, Trossard was expected to feature in Belgium’s European Championship qualifier double header against Austria and Sweden. 

Nevertheless, an update from the national team revealed that after a thorough assessment, Trossard has decided to withdraw from the squad and will not be participating in these matches.

What Mikel Arteta has said: “He [Martinelli] said I was going to be there, he was there in training and he said I am ready to go. Leo [Trossard] got injured and I looked and he was already dressed up ready to go.

What the Belgian national team have said: “UPDATE: @LTrossard [Leandro Trossard] is not fit to join the squad at the Proximus Basecamp on Monday. He will be replaced by Arthur Vermeeren. Best of luck, Arthur!”

Injury: Hamstring

Return date: Unknown

William Saliba

One of Arsenal’s standout performers in the match against Man City, Saliba, has opted to remove himself from the France national team’s roster during the international break due to a toe injury. 

This update surfaced shortly after the game concluded in north London, revealing that the defender had persevered through the entire match despite the injury.

Thankfully, Arsenal supporters can find solace in the knowledge that football.london has learned that this toe problem is not a major cause for concern; rather, it has been a lingering discomfort for a while. 

This suggests that there is a possibility that Saliba could recover in time to participate in the upcoming match against their London rivals, Chelsea, which is less than two weeks away.

Injury: Big toe

Expected return date: Chelsea (A) – October 21

Thomas Partey

The midfielder, who hadn’t played since August, made his comeback as a substitute on Sunday, entering the game in the 75th minute to replace Jorginho. This return to action follows a groin injury he picked up during a training session.

Partey has been included in the Ghana national team’s squad for their upcoming matches against Mexico and the USMNT. Arsenal will be keeping their fingers crossed that he returns to London without any new injuries.

Gabriel Martinelli

The Brazilian superstar made a remarkable return to the field at the Emirates Stadium, securing victory for his team with a goal. His shot took an unexpected deflection off Nathan Ake and found its way past Ederson in a dramatic fashion. 

Fortunately for Arsenal, Martinelli has not been included in the Brazil national team squad, which means he can now focus on completing his full recovery over the next week or so.

What Mikel Arteta has said: “Another one with big ones as well because no one was expecting him to be in the team. He said I was going to be there, he was there in training and he said I am ready to go. Leo (Trossard) got injured and I looked and he was already dressed up ready to go. He’s a joy to work with.”

Jurrien Timber

ArsenalBrief understands that the Dutch international has undergone a successful surgery and is currently in the “recovery phase” of his rehabilitation process.

When asked about his recovery progress, he responded with a brief, “good, good.” His absence will be keenly felt, particularly as the club was unable to secure a suitable replacement during the summer transfer window.

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: 2024

What Arteta has said: “Huge blow. Especially for him after just joining the club. To have the injury he has is a huge blow. We recruited him with clear intentions and what he was bringing to the team was evident, but he’s not going to be able to do it this season. We have to adapt. These things happen, unfortunately, and we have to move on.”

Arsenal latest injury news and returns with fresh Saka, Saliba and Trossard updates

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