Arteta hopeful of 3 Arsenal injuries to be recovered for Palace game

Tomorrow’s season opener at Selhurst Park will be the first game where Arsenal are allowed to have five substitutes and it is looking positive that Mikel Arteta could have the chance to give some minutes to our players returning from injury.

Last week he had four big players on the treatment table, namely Smith-Rowe, Tierney, Tomiyasu and Vieira, but after hearing earlier this week that ESR is unlikely to be available due to a groin strain, it appears that the other three could all be in the travelling party tomorrow if they can get through this afternoon’s training session.

Arteta told Football.London in his pre-game conference: “Three out of four are gonna be training this afternoon if everything goes well hopefully they are going to be in the squad,”

“Hopefully we are going to start to recover because they missed a lot of minutes and time in pre-season and they are really important players for us.”

The boss was particularly pressed on Tierney and Tomiyasu, who missed a large chunk at the end of last season, and he was asked if we could have the same problem in this campaign, and he responded: “Hopefully no and the reason they have those injuries are for different reasons and probably because the squad didn’t enable them to fully recover,”

“What I can tell you is that those two players are so willing to contribute to the team.”

Even if they train well this afternoon, I still think it is unlikely that any of them will start tomorrow, but if we can get a good lead, we may be able to see them play some cameos tomorrow.

Fingers crossed!

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  1. Can’t help but have to feel sorry for Mikel, to start the season with so many players injured and that too an away match. Fingers crossed.

    1. You have to feel sorry for Arteta!
      We are the biggest spenders in Europe for a second year running and he has just spent 32 million on a LB to cover for Tierney ,only player other player missing that would be starting is Tomi ,so we have a proper strong squad to start the season and a very easy run of games .

      1. It seems Loose Cannon is already lining up the excuses Dk – whatever happened to all his positivity?
        I think we should beat Palace, who have their own injury problems I believe, by two clear goals.

        By the way, if three out of the four will play a part…. how many players has poor old Mikel got out injured?
        I make it ONE!!!!

          1. I would settle for 2-1 palace is not a walk in the park. sad that we let palace instill us fear for some years now

      1. Arsenal are indeed starting the season with several important players out injured. This is clearly an issue particularly as both first choice FBs have effectively been out since last season.
        There is only so long a team such as an Arsenal can cope with such injuries as we have are likely to have a relatively thin squad and many competitions.

        1. Literally why we bought Zinchenko, who usually ends up playing half the season for the team that is always winning this league. Not the end of the world if White has to play at RB for a month either. I dont think these are serious issues this season. Certainly not an issue if both our Fullbacks are already back in full training now.

  2. Jesus, Nketia, Saka, Matineli and Odegard will gun down the palace tomorrow. My prediction for tomorrow’s match against Crystal Palace (Crystal Palace:0:4: Arsenal)

  3. They’re not going to start even if they’re fit – off the bench at best. Thankfully we look in good shape so no need to rush them

  4. I’m glad we have adequate backups for the fullbacks,
    My major concern is Partey, a single dent to him could cost us,
    We need a backup, I don’t rate Tielemans but I see he has an eye for passes and scores a lot, that’s something we need, someone to reduce partey’s workLoad on the pitch.

  5. My main concern is the spine of the team, we must sign a midfield general,

    All great teams has a strong spine with two or three minimum top midfielders that Marshall the game.

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