Arteta provides Smith Rowe fitness update ahead of Chelsea clash

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on December 29, 2020 in Brighton, England.The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)


Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has offered a health replace on his squad, forward of the membership’s upcoming showdown with Chelsea.

Contrasting fortunes

Arteta and co. are set to return to motion on Wednesday night time.

The Gunners will make the journey to Stamford Bridge, for a frightening Premier League derby assembly with in-form Chelsea.

Arsenal will head into the conflict with little greater than delight to play for, having lengthy seen their hopes of securing a top-6 end exit the window.

The north Londoners did return to profitable methods on the weekend, courtesy of a 3-1 downing of West Brom, however, simply days prior, noticed their marketing campaign primarily led to a Europa League semi-final exit by the hands of Villarreal.

Arteta provides fitness updates on Arsenal quartet – including Smith Rowe – ahead of Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts in the course of the UEFA Europa League Semi-final Second Leg match between Arsenal and Villareal CF at Emirates Stadium on May 06, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums round Europe stay below strict restrictions because of the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing legal guidelines prohibit followers inside venues leading to video games being performed behind closed doorways. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Capital rivals Chelsea, alternatively, stay alive and kicking.

The Blues sit within the thick of the top-4 battle, and simply final week despatched event specialists Real Madrid packing to e-book their spot within the ultimate of the Champions League.

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As such, Arsenal look set to have their work very a lot lower out for them at Stamford Bridge in 48 hours’ time.

Mikel Arteta will subsequently little doubt be hopeful of getting as lots of his key performers match and prepared for choice as attainable on Wednesday night time.

In flip, talking after guiding the Gunners to a morale-boosting victory, it got here as little shock when the Spaniard was drawn on the wellbeing of his squad.

First up was Emile Smith Rowe, who was compelled off versus West Brom with what gave the impression to be a hamstring challenge:

‘I don’t know, he felt one thing in his hamstring so we took him off,’ Arteta defined.

‘Sometimes he cramps and that’s one thing that’s been occurring for some time as a result of he’s nonetheless adapting to the league, to the quantity of video games each three days. Hopefully it’s nothing main.’

On the trio of Granit Xhaka, David Luiz and Pablo Mari, all of whom missed out on Sunday with respective health issues, Arteta added:

‘Let’s see how they recuperate. Again, we’ve misplaced so many gamers in latest weeks, so many large gamers. They have an enormous impact on the group and it will likely be nice as a result of we now have a really troublesome recreation.’


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