Arsenal injury updates after 6-0 West Ham thrashing

  • Arsenal were without seven first-team players for 6-0 thrashing of West Ham
  • Gabriel Jesus not deemed fit to return to squad
  • Emile Smith Rowe back on the injury list
Arsenal were without a host of players for their 6-0 thrashing of West Ham
Arsenal were without a host of players for their 6-0 thrashing of West Ham / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Arsenal's 6-0 beatdown of West Ham was made all the more impressive by the number of injury-enforced absentees they had for the match.

The Gunners were utterly ruthless in east London, with West Ham supporters leaving in droves after the visitors scored three times amid a Hammers collapse at the end of the first half.

Mikel Arteta's side cashed in on some xG which had gone to waste during their barren run over the festive/New Year period, scoring twice more in the second period to top off a scintillating display which further manifested their credentials ahead of the run-in.

Arteta will now hope to welcome back several players that were missing on Sunday ahead of next Saturday's trip to Burnley.

Arsenal injury updates after 6-0 West Ham thrashing

There was certainly some concern when Sunday's lineup was announced. There was no place in the matchday squad for Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Emile Smith Rowe, while last weekend's standout performer, Jorginho, was only fit enough for the bench.

Jesus missed the victory over Liverpool with a nagging knee issue and wasn't deemed fit to return, with another calf injury for Zinchenko keeping him out of action against West Ham. The Ukrainian was withdrawn at half-time last Sunday.

Arteta said that a "niggle" sustained at the AFC Asian Cup ruled Tomiyasu out of Sunday's win, with the boss not ready to risk the frail Japanese star.

Smith Rowe also returned to the treatment table after "rolling his ankle" in training. The midfielder, who once again seemed to be on an upward trajectory after starting in the win over Nottingham Forest, suffered yet another setback. Although, his latest issue surely won't be long-term - let's hope!

These new absentees joined the likes of Fabio Vieira, Thomas Partey, and Jurrien Timber on the sidelines. Updates regarding Vieira have come few and far between, it's anyone's guess as to when Partey will feature again, while Timber was included in Arsenal's Champions League squad for the knockout stages - suggesting he could be back in action as early as March.