Arsenal injury updates ahead of Liverpool clash

  • Jorginho is a doubt for the Liverpool clash
  • Mohamed Elneny returns to training on Friday
  • Thomas Partey progressing well from his rehab
Italian midfielder Jorginho is a doubt ahead of Liverppol's clash
Italian midfielder Jorginho is a doubt ahead of Liverppol's clash / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Italian midfielder Jorginho remains a doubt ahead of the away trip to Anfield on Saturday.

Jorginho missed Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Brighton last weekend with a foot injury and is being assessed ahead of the Liverpool game.

The north London club have struggled with injury woes throughout the season. Players like Jurrien Timber, Thomas Partey, and Takehiro Tomiyasu have faced spells on the treatment table. However, some are on the mend, offering a glimmer of hope amid a demanding schedule.

Arsenal injury updates ahead of Liverpool clash

Thomas Partey
Thomas Partey isn't expected to be available until the new year / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Addressing the media on Friday in his pre-match press conference, Arteta confirmed that Jorginho is a doubt for the fixture. He hinted at potential returns but suggested it might be premature to include some players due to their recovery status.

Arteta said: "Thomas Partey is still finalising his rehab. He still hasn't trained with the team yet. Mo Elneny will hopefully join us this afternoon to see how he feels about it. For the rest, no news. Jorginho is still a doubt.”

Arsenal will remain top of the table heading into Christmas with a first win for Arteta at Anfield since he was appointed manager in 2019. Having not won there since 2012, the Gunners came very close last season but ended the game with a point having allowed a 2-0 lead slip from their grasp.

Arteta is wary of the challenge his team will face at Anfield and expects the players to handle certain situations better than they did in April.

Reflecting on their near-miss last season, Arteta highlighted areas for improvement, "Certain aspects of our game weren’t managed well, especially allowing them space to exploit. We need to correct those errors and be much sharper because when Liverpool gains momentum, they pose a significant threat."