After Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Everton in Baltimore, Mikel Arteta revealed that several of his players are struggling with injury issues.
While there’s no need to be overly concerned at this point in pre-season, the fact the problems are affecting squad members who struggled for fitness last season does raise eyebrows.
“We had Kieran [Tierney] with a slight problem, we had Emile [Smith Rowe] as well with a muscular niggle, Tomiyasu as well and Ben [White],” said the boss.
“The rest of them are fine, but it’s a matter of days with them.”
On White he added: “He had a niggle in his quad and we had to protect him, but he trained with the squad yesterday, so hopefully he will be alright.”
New signing Fabio Vieira is another on the sidelines. The Portugal under-21 international was spotted in a protective boot a couple of weeks ago and he’s still working his way back to full training.
“He had a slight problem in his bone,” confirmed Arteta. “Hopefully he will start to train in the next week or so.”
Despite some players not being able to take part, Arteta is pleased with the way pre-season training has been going so far. The Gunners started at London Colney, spent time in Germany and then flew to the USA earlier this week.
“The development has been really good,” he told Arsenal.com.
“Honestly, the way they’ve been training has been phenomenal – the best since I’ve been here. The togetherness around the group, the quality that they’ve shown, the intensity in how they train. They are different standards.”