Full Arsenal injury news ahead of Norwich clash

As much as we have been treated to an international break that featured such awe-inspiring matches as England’s World Cup Qualifiers against Hungary and the mighty Andorra, and with a trip to Poland to come tomorrow night, the fact is that most of us cannot wait for the interlull to end and we can get back to proper football at last.

No one will be looking forward to it more than Mikel Arteta who is desperate to get some points on the board and the critics off his back when we face Norwich at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

The great news for Arsenal is that we hope to see the pairing of Ben White and Gabriel together at last in defence, and there is also the likelihood of having Thomas Partey back in midfield alongside Lokonga although he may not be risked for 90 minutes.

All Arteta’s new signings should be available, although Tomiyasu will have only just arrived and will need time to settle in and train with his team-mates for a couple of weeks at least.

We have had injury scares from Elneny and Kolasinac on international duty, but they should be available by the weekend although Elneny is not completely certain.

Eddie Nketiah is still recovering and is a big doubt for Saturday, and the only other certain absentee is Granit Xhaka, who is suspended but is also isolating after contracting Covid on international duty with Switzerland.

So,  all  in all, Arteta will have a very big squad to choose from for a change, and he has had free time to train most of them together as a group ahead of the Norwich match.

Arsenal’s season starts now!

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  1. Xhaka is gone for 3 games? If so, will be interesting to see how we fare without him:

    Most errors leading to goal since 16-17:

    1st: 8 – Xhaka
    2nd: 5 – Cedric

    Most red cards since 16-17:

    1st: 4 – Xhaka
    2nd 4- David Luiz

      1. This is bad and harsh attitute. Support players and they will do the needful. How many times arsenal have been beaten without Xhaka playing? Lets bw sincerw and fare.

    1. I think Grani Xhaka and Bernd Leno are over-hated amd underrated by fans. Xhaka had regained confidence but the feel that whatever errors he does is foolishness and recklessness has mede him lack confidence. As thus, it has increased the number of errors in the pitch. Similarly, Bernd Leno has done a lot after defensive errors but people are just looking on mistakes. How can for example think that 5 goals defeat is because of goalkeeping and not poor team performance. Arsenal has no reliable defence that frequently exposes the goalkeeper to dangers. Let us appreciate Xhak and Leno’s contributions to tge team and give them support, and move on!! Complaining will not change anything positively at the moment!!

  2. Your last paragraph Admin Pat is key. I so want the team to show us what they can do. Fewer absentees and hopefully the all important return of key players = a decisive win. Anything less than that, then I fear for the season. Mentality, mentality , mentality is required

  3. Midfield is still a worry with no Xhaka available, Partey & Elneny possibly not 100% and Lokanga still very new. Still should be able to field a team capable of giving Norwich a good beating though so let’s hope it goes well and things begin to improve.

  4. We just have to start scoring goals
    Not worried about the back 7.
    Saka Smith and Ode are key.
    But it is the 200m frontline Lacca Auba and Pepe which will win or lose it for us. Martinelli too.
    On paper we should blow Norwich and Burnley away. Skipper Aubameyang must inspire the team

  5. Lacazette.

    Smith. Odegaard. Saka.

    Lokonga. Elneny.

    Tierney. Gabriel. White. Cedric.


    Sub – Partey, Aubameyang, Pepe.

    1. We played 3 at the back against Man City and 3 at the back again against Brentford in a friendly last friday.So expect 3 at the back.

  6. Partey/Elneny played well together previously.. Lokonga is looking good, so it doesn’t look like we’ll miss Xhaka.
    White/Gabriel/Partey back is a massive plus!!
    Can’t wait for the match

    1. Sue I posted my comment on Xhaka without having seen yours, looks like we agree about Longoka and not missing Xhaka.

  7. While let’s see what happens on Saturday because as I mentioned earlier our season will start after those three games

  8. When TP plays alongside Longoka,people will realise what a mistake it was not to sell Xhaka,we should have taken the 13M,keep Elneny as back up because we won’t get near that amount for him,I believe we could have managed this season without Xhaka and giving more playing time and experience to youngsters.

  9. Why should we be worrying about missing Elneny and Kolasinac. One doesn’t do very much, and the other is a drain on the wages. Xhaka is a good miss.

  10. It will certainly come as no surprise that I’m elated at the thought of no Xhaka for the next few games or so…problem is that our manager has relied so heavily on his presence in order to deploy his negative brand of football that I’m worried about what he’ll do in his absence…logic would suggest that a change of formation is in order, especially against our upcoming opponent, but we all know what happened when he deviated from his regular script in our last affair against City…I personally would love to see him deploy a Leeds-like 4-1-4-1, with Partey and Lokonga sharing the DM load(60/30), Saka and Pepe out wide, ESR and Ode in the middle of the pitch and Auba up top, with a license to roam a bit…I very much doubt this will be in the offing, but I believe it might be our best hope of getting off the schnide, from a scoring/winning perspective

  11. Arteta never does the expected. He will put Holding or Chambers in a strange way and tinker to see what happens like a little child with building blocks. I hope I’m wrong but Pukki will strike. Just get a real manager before we are doomed to lower mid table.

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