Arsenal team news vs Crystal Palace: Updates on Gabriel Jesus & Oleksandr Zinchenko

  • Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Saturday as they host Crystal Palace
  • Gabriel Jesus set to return to squad
  • Doubts over Oleksandr Zinchenko's fitness
Gabriel Jesus is set to return to action on Saturday
Gabriel Jesus is set to return to action on Saturday / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Mikel Arteta is set to welcome Gabriel Jesus back into his matchday squad against Crystal Palace on Saturday, but there are doubts over the fitness of Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Both players have had their fair share of injury issues since joining the club from Manchester City in 2022. Jesus and Zinchenko were absent for the Gunners' FA Cup defeat to Liverpool before the break, while the latter also missed the New Year's Eve loss at Fulham.

Jesus is said to have been dealing with another knee problem, with Zinchenko's calf once again bothering him.

Injury updates on Gabriel Jesus & Oleksandr Zinchenko ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Arsenal jetted off to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp over the winter break in what should be an ideal time for Mikel Arteta's squad to reset themselves ahead of the second half to 2023/24.

The Gunners desperately need a recharge having won just one of their last seven games in all competitions.

According to the Standard's Simon Collings, they should be boosted by Jesus' return this weekend, with the Brazilian training in Dubai after overcoming a "minor" knee issue. The Brazilian hasn't been named in Arteta's starting XI since the home defeat to West Ham on 28 December.

However, Arteta could once again be without Zinchenko for Palace's visit. The Ukrainian remains a doubt despite working hard on his recovery out in Dubai. If he isn't deemed fit to start, Jakub Kiwiro will once again deputise at left-back.

The Polish international has started the last two games and could start his third in a row on Saturday. Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jurrien Timber remain out of action for the Gunners.

Timber is stepping up his recovery from an ACL tear and was pictured out on the grass last week. However, Arsenal will not rush his return and a date for his potential comeback has not yet materialised.

Thomas Partey and Fabio Vieira also remain sidelined.