Mikel Arteta provides update on four Arsenal stars struggling with injury after Juventus’ defeat.
Arsenal was without several first-team players as they hosted Juventus in a pre-season friendly at the Emirates Stadium.
France’s last remaining player is France international William Saliba, who will face Argentina in the final on Sunday.
Reiss Nelson was forced to leave the game with an injury of fewer than 30 minutes. It increased Arteta’s and football’s problems.
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Takehiro Tomiyasu is set to miss the match due to a hamstring injury sustained during Japan’s march to the last 16. Gabriel Jesus is still out after suffering a long-term injury in Qatar.
However, Arteta will benefit from the return of Arsenal talents Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli in the coming days.
Arsenal will meet West Ham in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day.
When asked if the winger’s injury prompts plans to sign a forward, Arteta responded: “The damage’s extent is unknown. It’s bad news that he had to leave the game immediately, especially for someone as powerful and quick as Reiss.”
“Let’s see what happens. The plans haven’t changed because we already know what to do.”
“[Emile] hasn’t been able to train in the last few days,” the Spaniard continued, “but hopefully, he can start [training] next week.”
“He needs time to catch up because he has been away for so long. We will welcome him with open arms because we need him, and he plays a crucial role. He must be healthy for the field.”
“Tomi is moving around the field while Alex is making good progress. We hope to bring back the international players who participated in the World Cup this week. After that, tomorrow, everyone will be watching William Saliba to see if he can win the World Cup.”
Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli
According to Arteta, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli will immediately reintegrate into the team’s rhythm, structure, and mold when they return.
“We are waiting for them, and they are also anxious to return.” I’ve talked to them both. Gabi arrived today, beaming with enthusiasm. He is prepared to move again. The team will receive a significant boost from it.”