Mikel Arteta has hinted that Alex Zinchenko will miss Sunday’s match with Manchester United. The Ukraine international still hasn’t recovered from the knee sprain he suffered in training ahead of the Fulham game.
“Unfortunately with Alex, it’s still not the case [that he can train], he missed two games and he hasn’t been able to train with the team yet,” revealed the boss.
Arteta was more hopeful about Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard. The former required treatment in the closing stages of the 2-1 win over Aston Villa while the latter took a “big kick” that meant he had to be substituted.
“Those two they’ve been assessed, we will see more tomorrow, hopefully, they will be available to train with the team,” said Arteta.
As has been well-documented, the Gunners will also be without midfielders Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny. It’s still unclear how long each will be sidelined but it sounds serious for the Egypt international.
“With Mo, it’s probably a bit easier [to put a time on it], we’re talking months. With Thomas, we’re talking weeks but maybe shorter than that, I hope.”
On managing Partey’s fitness: “We have tried to manage him, a lot has happened since he joined, obviously. We are trying the best possible way to find the reasons why that happened, unfortunately, the body and the mind are too difficult to understand and put a finger on a single thing to prevent something happening.
“The attitude of the player is there, his willingness…he’s really disappointed as you can imagine, so we need him back.”
Given his impressive performance on Wednesday, it seems likely that Sambi Lokonga will be asked to anchor the midfield again for the trip to Old Trafford.