Mikel Arteta gives worrying injury updates on four Arsenal stars including Martin Odegaard

Mikel Arteta gives worrying injury updates on four Arsenal stars including Martin Odegaard

Mikel Arteta has affirmed Martin Odegaard should be evaluated after the Arsenal captain seemed to experience a lower leg injury during the previous evening’s success over Aston Villa.

The club captain has been a massively compelling figure throughout the span of Arsenal’s immaculate beginning to the new season which has seen Arteta’s side trip the Premier League culmination on the rear of five progressive successes.

Odegaard was at the core of his side’s best football again the previous evening however neglected to see out the hour and a half following a John McGinn tackle that was portrayed as ‘brutal’ by Arteta.

The Norway international was seen holding an ice pack to his lower leg while he saw out the rest of the match from the substitutes’ seat however was alright to reemerge the contribute to participate the post match festivities that followed Gabriel Martinelli’s victor.

Requested a report on his captain a while later, Arteta said: ‘Definitely, he got a terrible kick as should have been obvious and he was battling.

‘He was in agony. We should evaluate him, yet he had a smidgen of torment on his leg due to that unforgiving test.’

There was likewise worry for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale who went down during the end stages grasping his hamstring however figured out how to finish the match.

‘I think he felt something, I don’t know what exactly. He managed to finish the game but he’s another we’ll have to assess,’ Arteta added.

There was less promising news, however, with regards to the fitness of midfield duo Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny, both of whom were absent last night and appear set for extended spells on the sidelines.

‘That’s not good news, we still need him to see our specialist but I’m afraid we’re going to lose Mo for a while,’ said Arteta when asked for an update on the Egypt international.

‘(Partey) He’s going to be out for a while but we don’t know how long that period is going to be.


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‘Obviously, it’s not the first injury that he’s had in that area so it is a recurring injury, so it’s one for the doctors to put a timeline on it and see how he goes.’

Arsenal appear to be drastically short of midfield options and the spate of injuries will force the club change their plans ahead of what promises to be a frantic transfer deadline day.

‘We were pretty protected in that position and now we are more exposed, but we have to be more prepared for uncertainties,’ said Arteta.

‘Injuries, suspensions and things like that can happen, especially this season which will be really strange with the World Cup. We’ll try to prevent things but sometimes it’s not easy.

‘Obviously, it has an impact because Thomas [Partey] is injured and we are a bit short in that position. We have Sambi and Granit can play there but we are looking at options in the market.

‘The club has been super supportive to keep improving the squad and the team as we can, and if the right player is available and we can do it, we will try.’

Mikel Arteta gives worrying injury updates on four Arsenal stars including Martin Odegaard

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