Arsenal Team News
- Out: Eddie Nketiah, William Saliba, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Mohamed Elneny
- Doubt: Thomas Partey, Kieran Tierney
News that key center-back William Saliba will be a walking casualty for the remainder of the 2022-23 season was not a headline that Arsenal fans would have wanted to see as the club embarks on a march to a possible title win for the first time in nearly twenty years.
With Takehiro Tomiyasu also out, club boss Mikel Arteta will turn to Rob Holding often, with a chance for the English center-back to possibly rejuvenate his career in north London.
Arteta must also contend with the continued absence of Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneny as neither player is fit for service while remaining laid up in dry dock. Thomas Partry and Kieran Tierney both picked up knocks over the international break, but Partey is expected to be fit for the weekend. Expect Arteta to also keep faith in Leandro Trossard in the number 9 role given the Belgian’s quick adaptation in the wake of his January move from Brighton, with Gabriel Jesus able to focus on proper reintegration.