A Tale of Injuries, Burnouts and the Whole Nine Yards
For some strange reason, Arsenal has struggled badly with injuries this season, to the point where we have only witnessed our front three pairing in just one of 10 Premier League games this season.
Gabriel Jesus has missed the most minutes in the front line, spending a lay off early in the season to mitigate a niggling knee issue after going under the knife, and after arguably having one of his finest hours in Arsenal colors against Sevilla, the Brazilian forward pulled up short and had to be substituted for Eddie Nketiah.
Gabriel Martinelli is another player that benefited from Gabriel Jesus’ performance as Gabi created two big chances for Gabi, who scored a lovely goal after dribbling past Nyland in the Sevilla goal, but Martinelli also had a spell on the sidelines after he pulled up short in the narrow win over Everton. Leandro Trossard held the fort in his absence and had some hot and cold performances which showcased his inconsistency.
Then there’s Bukayo Saka. Arsenal’s elite talisman that went on a 87-game consecutive streak before his fitness challenges came to the fore which saw him miss the slender win over Manchester City. There have been concerns for Saka who has featured in 77 games for club and country since the start of last season, but Saka has dismissed any fears of burnout.
In midfield, Thomas Partey has been very Partey in regard to time spent on the treatment table, which makes the signing of Declan Rice a monumental move for the Gunners. Rice’s domineering presence in midfield has made Partey’s absence non-existent but the prospect of Rice and Partey as a double pivot will be mouthwatering to say the least.
Arteta has also revealed that Martin Odegaard is carrying an injury which has impeded his ability in recent games. He has had less touches of the ball and hasn’t been as influential as we would hope, but the expectation is that he will be fit enough to play in the tough fixture against Newcastle after getting a rest against Sheffield United
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