He won’t be making an appearance on Saturday, but the best news the club have had for months is the return to full training for Gabriel Martinelli. Having not kicked a ball since March, his name edging closer to the team sheet is a sight supporters have dearly waited for.
Granit Xhaka‘s inexplicable moment of stupidity will leave him out of Saturday, with one fixture left to go on his three-game suspension after Goodison Park. Hector Bellerin is back after his one-game suspension, although it’s now Gabriel’s turn to sit out after receiving his marching orders for a second bookable offence against Southampton.
His omission could see Pablo Mari granted his first Premier League outing of the season, to compensate for the lack of a left-footer in central defence.
David Luiz played his first minutes since suffering a head wound against Wolves, while Reiss Nelson continues to be left out of matchday squads, a reason which now appears to be tactical and not due to a knock sustained in training. Thomas Partey remains an absentee, how long for is not yet fully disclosed.
Interestingly, the Premier League announced that clubs can now include nine substitutes on their benches, two more than previously. This could allow the likes of Emile Smith Rowe (maybe even William Saliba!) chance to travel north. The latter was a hopeful joke.
For a change, Arsenal face a side with injury problems of their own. Midfielder Allan will miss out after a thigh strain against Leicester, as too will Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Seamus Coleman, Lucas Digne and Fabian Delph.
James Rodriguez is a maybe.