Arsenal will battle the Clarets later tonight at The Emirates Stadium with hopes of halting a run of four consecutive winless games against struggling Burnley side.
The Gunners have struggled for form since recording resounding victories at the start of the current campaign, coupled with injuries to vital squad members.
Ahead tonight’s must-win clash, we provide the latest injury updates as Mikel Arteta begins his three-match ultimatum.
Luiz is yet to feature for Arsenal since suffering a head injury against Wolves two weeks ago but may likely make a return tonight.Embed from Getty Images
Having missed the clashes with Rapid Wien, Tottenham and Dundalk, Arteta will be hoping to welcome the Brazilian centre-back to action.
“David, we will have to asses him today [Friday] and tomorrow [Saturday] to see how he is feeling and whether he will be able to compete or not,” Arteta said.
Gabriel MartinelliEmbed from Getty Images
The Brazilian sensation has been on the club’s injury list since June after suffering a serious knee injury during a training session
However, he returned to action in the Arsenal Under-21s’ clash against AFC Wimbledon in the Papa John’s Trophy this week, sending a classy message to Gunners fans after his 45-minute run out.
“It was a great feeling to get minutes tonight,” Martinelli wrote on Twitter. “Huge thanks to the medical and physio teams @Arsenal for their fantastic work and to the fans for the amazing support during my long recovery.”
As expected, Martinelli was not called back into action for the first team clash against Dundalk just two days after his return from injury and it is likely that he will feature against Burnley tonight.
The Ghana international returned last Sunday at the Tottenham Stadium after a couple of weeks out, but only lasted 45 minutes on the pitch, pulling off at the stroke of half-time.
It is unclear what the exact nature of the injury is but Partey has confirmed that he hopes to be back in action as soon as possible in an attempt to start helping the team climb the table.Embed from Getty Images
He however took to Instagram to share some delightful words to Gunners fans in the aftermath of his latest sideline.
Since the day I arrived, I have felt so supported.
“The coach had a great influence in my decision to join this team and even though we had some bad results, I know we are building something good together.
“I have had the bad luck to suffer an injury but I hope I can play again soon and fight for this team.” He wrote
It remains unclear when he could make a return.
Mohamed Elneny, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe, and Eddie Nketiah were all substituted against Dundalk, but those were for tactical reasons, meaning no injury issues are expected to rule them out of the clash with Burnley.
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