Arsenal Team News
The recent Premier League victory over Newcastle was as close as Arsenal have come to fielding their strongest matchday squad this season.
Returning was Gabriel Magalhaes, who remained unused, having recovered from COVID-19. The effects of the virus have taken their toll on the Brazilian, whose recovery period has been longer than most other members of the squad.
His spot in the starting lineup was taken by David Luiz, who filled in at left centre-back in place of the injured Pablo Mari. Listed as returning to training ‘next week’, his absence was an unfortunate one given his form. He won’t be available but the problem is not long-term. Hector Bellerin could also come back in having been given a rest against the Magpies.
Fellow Spaniard Dani Ceballos also missed out on Monday, an issue the club described as a ‘precaution’.
"“Left calf. Missed Monday’s match against Newcastle United as a precaution with tight calf. Dani will continue to be assessed in the coming days and will be tested ahead of Saturday’s match.”"
With Ceballos being a potential option and Thomas Partey back fit, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod in midfield to account for rotation and freshness before facing the same foes on this very same ground three days later.
Hasenhuttl has a number of absentees to contend with on the weekend, with Yannik Vestergaard, Michael Obafemi, Nathan Tella and William Smallbone all unavailable, while concerns remain over the fitness of Nathan Redmond, Oriol Romeu, Danny Ings, Moussa Djenepo and Mohamed Salisu.