Thursday’s midweek victory over Dundalk not only saw Arsenal make history in European competition with their first ever full sweep of a group stage campaign (with an obvious asterisk attached) but it also saw Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari play the full 90 minutes together.
The pair had mostly error-free evenings but it’s clear they’re still some way off full fitness, thus their inclusions in the squad for Sunday are unlikely. Even if they are, starting berths are unlikely to be dished out.
David Luiz‘s recovery could impact their involvement, as his head wound needs assessing closer to kick-off to determine whether he is able to feature. Nonetheless, Gabriel and Rob Holding look set to start.
Reiss Nelson and Sead Kolasinac were both absent from the Aviva Stadium, the former suffering a knock to the head in training and left out as a precaution; it’s not expected to rule him out of the weekend. As for Kolasinac, his omission was down to a minor problem suffered in training, one that will also not rule him out long-term.
Thomas Partey is the only big name absentee following another thigh strain picked up against Sp*rs, with Arteta confirming he will miss the next few matches. Gabriel Martinelli returned for the Under-21 side recently, playing 45 minutes, and is on the road to recovery.
Burnley were without Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Dale Stephens, Phil Bardsley and Jack Cork for the recent draw with Everton, although only the latter of those is expected to be out for any length of time. Late fitness tests will be conducted for the other trio ahead of their journey south.