Arsenal will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they travel to St Mary’s to face Southampton on Saturday.
Back-to-back losses to Crystal Palace and Brighton have shaken up the race for top four, putting Mikel Arteta’s side in fifth, three points behind North London rivals Tottenham with one game in hand. Unfortunately, with games against Spurs, Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham all to come, it could be a tough run-in before the end.
That combination isn’t helped by injuries, with the squad looking especially thin in the absence of some key players and a number of others leaving in January. With Southampton – who are fresh off of a 6-0 loss to Chelsea at the weekend – up next, it seems a crucial match for the Gunners to regain some lost momentum.
Tomiyasu will not make his return until at least mid-April. It was thought that the former Bologna man could return sooner rather than later, having been involved in training, but Arsenal have now revealed that he’s still over a week away from returning to training action.
What the club has said: “Takehiro is making progress in his recovery from a muscle injury to his left calf, which he sustained in February. Takehiro had successfully recovered from a muscle injury sustained to his right calf in January.
“It is hoped that Takehiro will be back in full training after the match at Southampton on Saturday, April 16. All other players in the men’s first-team squad are currently fit and available for selection.”
Expected return date: April 20-23 – Either Chelsea (A) or Manchester United (H)
Partey was withdrawn at Selhurst Park with a thigh injury, with the Ghanaian set to miss a few key games. He is expected to make his return before the end of the season.
What Arteta has said: “It is a little bit ambiguous, but he has a significant injury and we’ll have to keep assessing him, but he will be out for some weeks. It could be (an issue), but it could also not be because it’s an area where he had a previous injury as well and he felt it straight away. It’s not quick.”
Expected return date: Unknown