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Mikel Arteta speaks out over Jack Wilshere return & Emile Smith Rowe’s fitness

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has, on Thursday, provided a pair of noteworthy updates surrounding his side’s ranks in the middle of the park.

Elneny joins absentee list

The subject of the midfield area at the Emirates has of course taken centre stage in the Arsenal chatter of late.

This comes with Arteta’s squad, as things stand, concerningly short on dependable options.

After opting to add just Sambi Lokonga to their deep-lying ranks over the summer, the Gunners have since been forced to contend with an abysmal stretch of luck on the personnel front.

Star midfielder Thomas Partey, for one, is yet to make his season bow, having continued to struggle for fitness in North London.

First-choice partner Granit Xhaka, meanwhile, is set to sit out the club’s next three fixtures, after being sent for an early bath versus Manchester City ahead of the international break.

And Arsenal’s engine room woes did not end there, with confirmation having been forthcoming this afternoon that Mohamed Elneny is set for a spell on the sidelines, after picking up a hamstring injury:

‘Mo has suffered a hamstring strain and is aiming to be back in full training in two to three weeks.’

‘Always open…’

In turn, it came as little surprise when the subject of midfield options took centre stage in Mikel Arteta’s latest pre-match press conference on Thursday.

Speaking to the press ahead of a must-win meeting with Norwich City on Saturday, interestingly, the Spaniard was asked whether former Gunners star Jack Wilshere – currently without a club – could be permitted to train with the club over the weeks ahead.

And Arteta, a former teammate of Wilshere’s, appeared very much open to the idea, simply confirming that:

‘Our doors are always open.’

Next up came an update on the wellbeing of Granit Xhaka, who (suspension aside) tested positive for Covid-19 whilst on international duty with Switzerland last week:

‘He’s still in his country. He needs to stay there until Saturday I believe. As soon as he’s okay to travel he’ll be here with us.’

And last up was an insight into the status of one of Arsenal’s more attack-minded midfield stars, ahead of Norwich.

On Emile Smith Rowe, who was forced to sit out England U21s’ meeting with Kosovo on Tuesday through illness, Arteta confirmed that:

‘He’s carrying an illness. He’s not been feeling good. Let’s see how he is in the next couple of days.’

 

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Mikel Arteta speaks out over Jack Wilshere return & Emile Smith Rowe’s fitness

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Mikel Arteta speaks out over Jack Wilshere return & Emile Smith Rowe’s fitness

 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has, on Thursday, provided a pair of noteworthy updates surrounding his side’s ranks in the middle of the park.

Elneny joins absentee list

The subject of the midfield area at the Emirates has of course taken centre stage in the Arsenal chatter of late.

This comes with Arteta’s squad, as things stand, concerningly short on dependable options.

After opting to add just Sambi Lokonga to their deep-lying ranks over the summer, the Gunners have since been forced to contend with an abysmal stretch of luck on the personnel front.

Star midfielder Thomas Partey, for one, is yet to make his season bow, having continued to struggle for fitness in North London.

First-choice partner Granit Xhaka, meanwhile, is set to sit out the club’s next three fixtures, after being sent for an early bath versus Manchester City ahead of the international break.

And Arsenal’s engine room woes did not end there, with confirmation having been forthcoming this afternoon that Mohamed Elneny is set for a spell on the sidelines, after picking up a hamstring injury:

‘Mo has suffered a hamstring strain and is aiming to be back in full training in two to three weeks.’

‘Always open…’

In turn, it came as little surprise when the subject of midfield options took centre stage in Mikel Arteta’s latest pre-match press conference on Thursday.

Speaking to the press ahead of a must-win meeting with Norwich City on Saturday, interestingly, the Spaniard was asked whether former Gunners star Jack Wilshere – currently without a club – could be permitted to train with the club over the weeks ahead.

And Arteta, a former teammate of Wilshere’s, appeared very much open to the idea, simply confirming that:

‘Our doors are always open.’

Next up came an update on the wellbeing of Granit Xhaka, who (suspension aside) tested positive for Covid-19 whilst on international duty with Switzerland last week:

‘He’s still in his country. He needs to stay there until Saturday I believe. As soon as he’s okay to travel he’ll be here with us.’

And last up was an insight into the status of one of Arsenal’s more attack-minded midfield stars, ahead of Norwich.

On Emile Smith Rowe, who was forced to sit out England U21s’ meeting with Kosovo on Tuesday through illness, Arteta confirmed that:

‘He’s carrying an illness. He’s not been feeling good. Let’s see how he is in the next couple of days.’

 

When will Takehiro Tomiyasu make his Arsenal debut?

Arsenal handed midfield blow in latest team news update

 

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