Arsenal and Mikel Arteta believe that all of Declan Rice, Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli will be fit in time to face Manchester City as they look to recover from various issues sustained over the past 10 days, in what will be a massive boost to their chances of a result against last season’s treble winners.
Martinelli went off with a hamstring injury during his side’s 1-0 win over Everton, while his replacement Trossard also picked up a training injury in midweek which ruled him out of the north London derby.
By half time of that game, the Gunners had also lost Declan Rice, with Arteta revealing after the game that the Arsenal record-signing was suffering from a back injury and needed to be replaced.
However, the Daily Mail report that all three should be back in contention when Arsenal take on Manchester City in just under a fortnight’s time, a game which will put Arsenal’s title credentials to the test after a slow start to the Premier League season.
‘Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli are also expected to return from respective hamstring injuries in time to face Pep Guardiola’s side’ they claim, while ‘concerns are easing that it isn’t a serious injury’ for Rice.
In more good news for the Gunners, it is added that ‘Thomas Partey is making good progress from a groin injury amid hope he is closing in on a return sooner than expected’.
However, there is no suggestion that any of the four players will be available for the upcoming run of games which sees Arsenal take on Brentford in the Carabao Cup, Bournemouth in the Premier League and also take a trip to France to take on struggling Lens in the Champions League.
In good news for Arsenal, City themselves will be without some of their stars when the two sides meet, with Kevin de Bruyne leading a list that saw Rodri added to it over the weekend thanks to a red card he picked up against Nottingham Forest.