Arsenal handed Mohammed Elneny blow in latest team news update
Arsenal’s injury woes
Arsenal have endured a horrid start to the 2021/22 campaign, losing all three of their opening fixtures without scoring a goal, and currently find themselves at the bottom of the table. Of course, this isn’t good enough for the north London outfit, and while they should arguably have picked up more points, or at least scored a goal, there have been mitigating circumstances.
“The club is in disarray. Shambolic performance.”
Another Premier League defeat for Arsenal who remain bottom of the table.
The inquest continues after a 5-0 loss to Manchester City. pic.twitter.com/t1Q4npA3jv
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 28, 2021
These come in the double blow of a Covid-19 outbreak in the camp, and injury to several senior players. Gabriel and Thomas Partey have both missed the start of the season, while Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Ben White and Nicolas Pepe have all missed games through illness (the first three all due to Covid).
As a result, there is hope that they can turn their fortunes around with the return of these players from this weekend onwards.
Arsenal handed Elneny blow
They are not out of the woods yet, however, as a fresh blow has come in midfield. This comes in the form of an injury to Egyptian Mohammed Elneny, sustained in a friendly to Brentford during the international break.
Although initially considered precautionary to remove him from proceedings half an hour in, it has since emerged that the injury is more serious, with the latest Arsenal team news update saying:
“Mo has suffered a hamstring strain and is aiming to be back in full training in two to three weeks.”
🏴 Ben White
🇪🇬 Mohamed Elneny
🇬🇭 Thomas Partey
🇧🇷 Gabriel Magalhaes
🗞️ Our latest team news update is here 👇
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 9, 2021
This leaves the Gunners perilously short in midfield. Thomas Partey has only just returned to training, while the status of Sambi Lokonga is at present unknown, after the midfielder sat out the World Cup qualifiers with Belgium.
Latest team news update from Arsenal.
Partey, Gabriel, White and Nketiah all now fit and available for Saturday. Elneny out for 2/3 weeks.
No update yet on Lokonga, who missed Belgium’s game last night with a small issue, according to Roberto Martinez. Smith Rowe not mentioned.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) September 9, 2021
In addition to this, Granit Xhaka is suspended for the next three fixtures having seen red against Manchester City, and to compound matters caught Covid-19 on international duty with Switzerland.
This leaves Arsenal thin on central midfielders for their upcoming tie against Norwich, which already has the feeling of a must win fixture.