Ahead of Crystal Palace trip, Mikel Arteta provides injury update on crucial Arsenal trio


Mikel Arteta provides injury update on crucial Arsenal trio ahead of Crystal Palace trip

In his pre-match news conference, Mikel Arteta provided an injury update on a trio of first-team players ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Selhurst Park to face high-flying Crystal Palace.

In the first of three updates, Arsene Wenger stated that Takehiro Tomiyasu, who has been out for almost two months due to a thigh injury, is ‘close’ to being well enough to play, which would be a huge boost for the Gunners.

‘I believe he will be very close.’ He’s been increasing his training. He’ll be participating in some workouts this week, so we’ll see how his injury is progressing,’ he told the press.

While Cedric fills in admirably, he lacks many of the qualities Arteta seeks in his fullback, which are embodied in the returning Japanese defender.

Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsdale is a doubt for the trip to Selhurst Park, as he has been yet to train after picking up a hip injury in his side’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. The shot-stopper was forced to pull out of the England squad as a result, and is yet to return to Arsenal training sessions either, meaning that Bernd Leno may be afforded a second opportunity in goal.

There is no such concern over Bukayo Saka, however, who pulled out of the England camp after testing positive for COVID-19, with Mikel Arteta revealing that his star man is ‘feeling good’, and is expected to take part in Thursday’s training session ahead of the Monday evening clash.

Arsenal to continue good form?

Arsenal will be all too aware that Champions League qualification is well within their grasp, and will continue to be so should their good form continue.

However, Palace will be no pushovers, with an exciting young core that resulted in three south Londoners picking up England caps over the international break. Headed by former Arsenal great Patrick Vieira, a Monday night trip to a raucous Selhurst Park is a trip of the sort that traditionally the Gunners struggle with.

Is this youthful side different? A win here could prove a giant step towards Champions League football back at the Emirates stadium.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Result/Both teams score Yes No
Crystal Palace 7/1 11/2
Arsenal 7/2 11/5
Draw 15/4 17/2

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