Medical team reveal team news ahead of Huddersfield clash

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The Arsenal medical team have provided the latest fitness update ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Huddersfield.

The Gunners travel north to the side propping up the table with just 11 points so far this season, knowing they need a win to bounce back from the defeat by Man City and to continue the fight for a top four finish.

There’s welcome news with the return of Henrikh Mkhitaryan who hasn’t played since 2-0 loss to Sp*rs in the Carabao Cup in mid-December. He had a run-out in Monday night’s abandoned U23 game, and should return to the squad.

There were concerns over the fitness of Shkodran Mustafi but the German is fit and in full training, however Granit Xhaka remains a doubt with the groin strain that kept him out of the game at the Etihad on Sunday, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles who has a knee injury.

Beyond that, Sokratis is still on course for a late February comeback, and then it’s the long-termers: Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding who will miss the rest of the season, while there’s still time for Danny Welbeck to return following surgery on a broken ankle before he departs for free this summer.

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Hank
Hank

Any news regarding AMN?

Hank
Hank

Never mind, just missed it. I’ll downvote myself ๐Ÿ˜

Rayk 47

Good lad

Red
Red

Mustafi fit and ready to play… Devastating news

David
David

Fit maybe, ready to play, nah mate

Alexgoon
Alexgoon

Or rather Fit but shouldn’t play

Cracked Lunar
Cracked Lunar

and suddenly we have so many wingers to fit in the squad

Richie

I would give Jenkinson a game here at right back, and if he plays well, I’d give him a run in the team (Leitchsteiner can play the Europa League games where the pace is generally slower).

Addi
Addi

Agreed Jenkins on much better option ..or mustafi at rb and get mavraponos game time

Richie

This could be the last Herbert Chapman derby for a while…..

Limey
Limey

Doubts over Mustafis fitness aren’t the concern. The concern is if he is available, and worse that Emery will pick him.

GunnerASH79
GunnerASH79

Bwhahahahaha!!!

Mootilated
Mootilated

there were ‘concerns’ about Mustafi. Hah. Yeah. Ok.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Where’s Papa?

Assshavin
Assshavin

Looking through the comments, its crazy to see how much hate Mustafi gets. I get that he probably isnt good enough to play for us, but he still plays for this club, and that should atleast make people who supposedly support this club, also support him (or atleast not constantly talk about him in a negative way). Who knows he might play better if he feels he has the support of the fans.

DekkerDes
DekkerDes

I see you, Mrs Mustafi.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

I think he’s had enough time to adjust and improve and he hasn’t so I’d like to see the back of him now. That’s what I see people expressing here. Not hatred.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Agree that some here are too negative about him. He has some qualities. On offensive corners, he is our biggest threat to oppositions with his powerful header.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

True but terribly inconsistent and when he is bad he is really bad. We need better than that.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

When all our CB’s are fit he won’t get a look in so……sell him!

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

What is this “When all our CB’s are fit” thing? I have never heard such a crazy idea. We are The Arsenal and we have standards and traditions to uphold.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

You reap what you sow

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

I sewed a shirt the other day, and sure enough I went a ripped it again.

Fart Overjars
Fart Overjars

When you say “welcome news with the return of Henrikh Mkhitaryan” do you mean “welcome” as in, it is good to have some new information to share for this highly demanding specialist news site. Or “welcome” as in “Thank God! Henrikh Mikhitarian is back and so is the solution to all of our problems.”

Billymac
Billymac

I think it’s welcome news for Emery as it gives him another excuse not to play Ozil

berlingoon
berlingoon

I wouldn’t write off Mkhitaryan at all. I’ve seen him playing at Dortmund for years and this boy is quality if used in the right way and if he’s on form. And Dortmund under Klopp played a pretty similar style to the way Emery wants to play. High pressing and quick transition. He hasn’t even had half a season with the new coach and the system and the personel around him has changed constantly during that time. Think him, as well as Iwobi, could come good under Emery, once he’s a few steps further in regards of the squad and the system.

Hantal
Hantal

Mkhitaryan himself has said heโ€™s not the same player we saw at Dortmund

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

There are two ifs in your second sentence which kind of sums Mkhi up.

berlingoon
berlingoon

https://www.facebook.com/SokratisPapastathopoulos/videos/875894022802822
Sokratis seems to be out there running and working with the ball already. I guess that’s good news. Would be really good to have him back for the games against Sp*rs and United. The earlier the better.

Scott P
Scott P

Xhaka also posted a picture back on the training pitch, so his injury can’t be too bad.

santori
santori

We will need all our assets avaialble.

Yes that includes Mustafi whom some prefert to simplistically vilify.

As I mentioned much of this is imagined preference.

Sokratis has manhandled people in the box performing Pankration and he is lauded for being ‘robust’. Mustafi merely touches someone and there are all these hytsrical cries (not from Atkinson the ref or Adrain Clarke even) for his head.

Yet when Koscielny gives away a free kick in a dangerous area just outside the box. Nothing heard.

When Mustafi makes an excellent recovery tackle nothing heard.

We will need Mustafi (for all his faults and positives).

And we will need Granit.

Good to see AMN and Mhkitaryan also close to available. This is the final push across the line so hope we can get as many firt players (particularly the backline) as possible.

George
George

When I used to run a (rather large) Arsenal forum, it were idiots like you and their straw-men, non zero-sum arguments, that made me eventually pack it in. And here you are again. Yay.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Pack it in.

Gift
Gift

It’s too hard for us to be in top four since we are unable to buy players

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

Or keep the ones we have fit it seems!
Leno, Rob, Sok and Koz, Hector and Nacho, Torreria, Xhaka and Guendouzi all fit should have kept us there or there abouts. Losing these guys on and off or for the whole season as with some, has killed us.