Arsenal are facing a race against time to assess the fitness of Takehiro Tomiyasu before their upcoming Tuesday fixture against Luton Town following his premature departure from the clash against Wolves.
Tomiyasu was substituted in the latter stages of Arsenal's 2-1 victory over Wolves, visibly grappling with discomfort in his right calf.
The Gunners were forced to hold on at the Emirates despite initially appearing as if they were going to blow the visitors away on Saturday afternoon.
Mikel Arteta gives update on Takehiro Tomiyasu following latest injury scare
Mikel Arteta addressed concerns about Tomiyasu's condition post-match, expressing uncertainty about the precise issue but hoping it might be attributed to fatigue.
Acknowledging Tomiyasu's role in Arsenal's good form this season, Arteta stressed the importance of having the right-back fit for the upcoming match at Kenilworth Road.
"He felt something. I don't know if it was fatigue. We decided to change straight away and we didn't want to take any risks. Let's assess him and see how he is."
The Wolves clash saw Arsenal swiftly amass a two-goal lead with Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard striking within the initial 15 minutes. However, the Gunners couldn't capitalise further, leading to a tense finale as Matheus Cunha narrowed the lead with just four minutes of regulation time remaining.
Arteta highlighted the necessity for learning from mistakes, particularly the team's decision-making when playing out from the back. “You have to love him [Zinchenko], how he is. Every player has strengths and weaknesses,” said Arteta.
“Alex has many more strengths. This happened and it can happen to any player.
“We have to learn from it because there are certain areas where it’s a big no to play, especially after certain things in the previous phase. That’s it. We will get better.”
Despite the late scare, Arsenal managed to secure a vital 2-1 win, moving them four points clear at the top of the Premier League table.