Arsenal will be full of hope but full of worry also as Mikel Arteta tries to bring his squad back to top strength during the international break ahead of their clash against Chelsea later this month. The Gunners go into the next two weeks joint-top of the Premier League after their huge 1-0 win over Manchester City last weekend.
Gabriel Martinelli's return from injury saw him replace Leandro Trossard at halftime and have his late effort deflected off Nathan Ake's head and past Ederson to secure all three points for Arteta's side. It meant City slipped into third for the first time since October 2021, with the title race seemingly wide open at this stage of the season.
However, while Martinelli's return will no doubt spark hope in supporters, Trossard's hamstring issue proves there's a significant worry across the Arsenal camp. The Belgian international had to pull out of the national side's squad to face Austria and Sweden over the next two weeks after being replaced by Martinelli, despite having just returned last week in their Champions League clash with RC Lens.
Elsewhere, starboy Bukayo Saka is another doubt for the Chelsea game after missing both the Lens and Man City matches with hamstring and thigh issues. He was also removed from international duty this week, with England set to play Ukraine and Italy but were not willing to risk the star's health.
He returned to London Colney where he'll start a recovery process which the club will hope he can complete as soon as possible given their tough run of fixtures coming up. A statement from the Three Lions camp said: «Bukayo Saka will play no part in England’s fixtures with Australia and Italy.
»The forward reported to St. George’s Park on Monday alongside the rest of theRead on football.london