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Mikel Arteta issues update on key Arsenal pair ahead of Chelsea clash

Mikel Arteta issues update on key Arsenal pair ahead of Chelsea clash

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that both Takehiro Tomiyasu and Alexandre Lacazette will be assessed on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as both could be set to feature.

Tomiyasu was expected to return to training following the Southampton defeat, after three months spent on the sideline with various thigh injuries, and the Gunners boss claims that the Japan defender is “very very close” to a return but that the game against the Blues could come too soon.

Mikel Arteta issues update on key Arsenal pair ahead of Chelsea clash

Tomiyasu’s last appearance for Arsenal came during their Carabao Cup Semi Final Second Leg defeat to Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on January 20th. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette missed the defeat to Southampton after testing positive for COVID-19, for the second time this season, and like Tomiyasu is touch and go for the trip across the capital. His fitness will be assessed following Tuesday’s training session.

Arsenal in must-win territory?

Three defeats on the bounce to sides in midtable have left Arsenal needing to desperately make up ground in the race to finish fourth in the Premier League, and qualify for the Champions League next season as a result.

A win over Chelsea and then a result against Manchester United at the Emirates on Saturday would go a long way to reversing some of the damage done, not least because the clash with the Blues represents their game in hand over north London rivals Tottenham, currently holders of 4th place.

However, defeats in either or both games could see the Gunners slip out of contention altogether, especially if Tottenham can string together any sort of form ahead of the rescheduled north London derby in the penultimate week of the season.

It is reaching the make-or-break part of the season for every side, and Mikel Arteta’s side are no exception.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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2 Arsenal FC 0 0 0
3 Aston Villa 0 0 0
4 Brentford FC 0 0 0
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 0
6 Chelsea FC 0 0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
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10 Leeds United 0 0 0
11 Leicester City 0 0 0
12 Liverpool FC 0 0 0
13 Manchester City 0 0 0
14 Manchester United 0 0 0
15 Newcastle United 0 0 0
16 Nottingham Forest 0 0 0
17 Southampton FC 0 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0
19 West Ham United 0 0 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0

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Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 23
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 23
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 17
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Raphinha Leeds United 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11