As Arsenal prepare to face Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow, Mikel Arteta is hopeful that Kieran Tierney and Martin Odegaard will be well enough to be part of the squad.
The duo missed the midweek draw with Sporting due to illness, and it’s unclear as to whether they can make the short trip across London for tomorrow’s game.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Arsenal boss was asked about their involvement, and said, “I hope so. Martin was feeling better, then became a little worse so we’ll see after training today.
“We will know more this afternoon, we haven’t trained yet. We have a few players in contention. This afternoon, hopefully, we’ll have a clear picture of who is available and who is not.”
Arteta was also asked about Gabriel Jesus and his potential involvement, sounding a cautiously positive note.
“Well, it’s been a while,” he said. He had a bad injury and he’s been pushing the boundaries and trying to get the recovery as soon as possible.
“But the reality is when he’s started to do some activities, he’s feeling he needs a bit more time. Is that a matter of days? Hopefully yes, more than a matter of weeks!
“He needs to feel confident, and comfortable and ready for it – especially the way he plays. We need him at his best, so the moment he’s ready he’ll be thrown on the field.”
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In the interview, Arteta seemed to confirm the continued absences of Leandro Trossard and Eddie Nketiah, so unless there’s a miracle recovery for Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli will continue at centre-forward tomorrow.