Arsenal’s roster is reportedly being stretched to the limit in order to prepare for Saturday’s crucial North London derby, according to The Sun.
While Oleksandr Zinchenko will miss Ukraine’s Nations League championship game on Tuesday owing to injury, Thomas Partey, Kieran Tierney, and Takerhiro Tomiyasu have all already returned from international duty.
Emile Smith Rowe and Mohamed Elneny won’t be traveling with Spurs this weekend to the Emirates, while Martin Odegaard and Ben White are being watched following nagging injuries.
Less than two months into the season, it puts Mikel Arteta, the manager of the Gunners, in a vulnerable situation.
And because of the ongoing injury problems, the club is already concerned about the depth of their roster and their capacity to prolong a title campaign.
The health of pivotal midfielder Partey, who withdrew from Ghana’s squad prior to last week’s match against Brazil owing to knee issues, is Arteta’s primary concern.
Partey’s most recent injury adds to worries about his long-term availability given that he has already missed four of Arsenal’s eight games this season due to a chronic thigh problem.