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Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal selection crisis with three stars ruled out of Fulham clash

Arsenal have been thrown into crisis in their frontline as it has emerged that they will be without a recognised striker for their trip to Fulham on Sunday.

The Gunners, who currently sit five points atop the Premier League, will be without any of Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah or Leandro Trossard for the trip across London, with all three ruled out with injury.

Trossard limped off with groin injury against Bournemouth on Saturday and is unlikely to feature again before the international break, while Nketiah is suffering from an ankle injury and Gabriel Jesus is not fully fit after suffered a serious knee injury at the World Cup with Brazil.

It hands Gunners boss Mikel Arteta a major headache, with Gabriel Martinelli likely to lead the line for the Premier League leaders and Bournemouth hero Reiss Nelson in line to keep his spot from the start.

Meanwhile, late decisions are set to be made on both Martin Odegaard and Kieran Tierney, both of whom missed the midweek Europa League clash with Sporting through illness and are touch and go for the trip to Craven Cottage.

In better news, however, Emile Smith Rowe continues to return to action, and though Gabriel Jesus will not start against the Cottagers, it has been reported that he could well be in line to take a spot on among the substitutes bench, though again a late decision will be taken on his fitness.


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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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