Mikel Arteta sounded optimistic when he was asked about Arsenal’s injury situation ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Ham United.
The manager wasn’t able to call on Gabriel Jesus for the win over Liverpool – the Brazilian nursing a knock to his knee – and also had to substitute Bukayo Saka in the closing stages after he took a kick to his ankles.
“We have a few who are still in contention as they’ve been evolving really well,” Arteta said in his pre-game press conference.
“Tomorrow we have another training session and we are hopeful that we’re gonna have a few back and we can put again a very competitive squad out there.”
On Saka, he added: “He’s been recovering this week and he looks ok.” He was slightly vague on Jesus’ situation – “no update” – but we get the feeling the striker could return for the Hammers.
Having suffered a setback in his recovery from a thigh problem, Thomas Partey is again edging closer to a return although he won’t be in contention for the weekend.
“He’s progressing really well, but it’s a bit too soon to tell you exactly when we’re going to have him back,” said the boss.
Following Japan’s exit from the Asian Cup, Takehiro Tomiyasu is available again for selection. Long-term absentees, Jurrien Timber and Fabio Vieira continue their rehab following surgery.