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How Arsenal can line-up vs Chelsea with huge injury boost for Bukayo Saka and Thomas Partey

How Arsenal can line-up vs Chelsea with huge injury boost for Bukayo Saka and Thomas Partey

Arsenal happily welcomed back Gabriel Martinelli and Thomas Partey, who had been dealing with injuries, in their 1-0 victory against Manchester City just before the international break. 

Both Martinelli and Partey played crucial roles in Arsenal’s Premier League title run last season, and Mikel Arteta is relieved to have them back in full fitness after the international break.

However, there are ongoing concerns about the fitness of Bukayo Saka, who was absent from the squad that defeated Manchester City and subsequently withdrew from the England national team due to injury. 

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Saka, a product of Arsenal’s Hale End academy, has been struggling with a hamstring injury he sustained during the Champions League loss to RC Lens last week.

Following the 2-1 defeat against the Ligue 1 team, Arteta commented, “He [Saka] 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,” Arteta added. 

An official statement from England indicated that Bukayo Saka initially reported for duty at St. George’s Park but was subsequently declared unfit for the upcoming fixtures against Australia and Italy.

According to a report from the Evening Standard, Bukayo Saka is scheduled to undergo injury rehabilitation during this week and will then enjoy a weekend off along with the rest of the squad. 

The report also mentions that Saka’s condition will be assessed next week to determine if he can return to training in preparation for the upcoming match against Chelsea.

At the same time, there are worries that Leandro Trossard may be unavailable for the game against Mauricio Pochettino’s team as he recently suffered a new hamstring injury during the victory against City.

 Mikel Arteta is anxiously awaiting news on the fitness of star defender William Saliba, but according to football.london, the toe issue he’s dealing with isn’t a significant concern and has been a recurring discomfort for some time.

This suggests that there is a reasonable expectation that William Saliba should be ready to return and face their London rivals Chelsea in just under two weeks. 

There is optimism that both the Frenchman and Saka will be fit and eligible for selection when Premier League matches resume. Arsenal aims to maintain their unbeaten streak and retain their position at the top of the table.

Possible Arsenal XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Rice, Odegaard; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

How Arsenal can line-up vs Chelsea with huge injury boost for Bukayo Saka and Thomas Partey

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