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‘Impossible’ – Mikel Arteta issues fresh injury update on Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard

‘Impossible’ – Mikel Arteta issues fresh injury update on Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard

Mikel Arteta has provided a worrying report regarding the injuries of Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus, and Thomas Partey.

After defeating Sheffield United 5-0, Arsenal faces a quick turnaround as they gear up for a Carabao Cup match against West Ham on Wednesday night.

The team is anticipated to make some changes in the lineup, particularly with a challenging Premier League trip to Newcastle approaching on Saturday.

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However, Arteta faces the additional challenge of carefully managing his squad due to the absence of three vital players.

Both forward Jesus and defensive midfielder Partey sustained muscle injuries last week, sidelining them for a few weeks.

Meanwhile, Odegaard, an attacking midfielder, surprisingly remained an unused substitute in the victory over Sheffield United.

It was subsequently disclosed that the Arsenal captain is managing a minor hip issue.

In light of this, the manager opted not to take a chance with the 24-year-old, thus Emile Smith Rowe was included in the starting lineup.

Initial expectations were that the Norwegian captain would be ready to start.

However, Arteta’s remarks during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday indicate that it seems he requires more time to recuperate.

“We rested him the other day, so it’s how long we rest him for and how we manage him now with the minutes and the rhythm that he needs as well to be at his best.

“So, yeah, we had the opportunity to do it and we didn’t use him at the end, that was a good upload for him.

“It’s not only that, but there’s also a lot of things that you have to do. It’s impossible to play with no niggles in football, and at this level, when you have games every three days, it’s impossible.

“If you try to do that, you better stay in bed, because I don’t know any players who are constantly perfect and to be in the best possible condition, so you have to adapt to that.”

Arteta further affirmed that both Jesus and Partey will certainly be absent for the journey to the London Stadium. However, concerning their return, he expressed concern by not being able to provide a clear timeline for when they would be back on the field.

He stated, “With him [Jesus], I’m honestly not going to put any because I did it once and got it totally wrong. We need to be cautious because we need to treat it in the right way. He’s already pushing everybody and wants to be back as quickly as possible, and we need him, so that’s great.

“I think he [Partey] will be out for weeks – I don’t know how long but he’s got another appointment today and we will see more after that. It is a big concern because when Thomas is fit and available and he’s been part of the team, we’ve seen the results and the impact that he had.”

‘Impossible’ – Mikel Arteta issues fresh injury update on Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard

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