rsenal faces a new injury problem on the eve of the Premier League restart.
Reiss Nelson went down clutching his leg on Saturday as he emerged early from a home friendly loss to Juventus.
It could disrupt Arsenal’s transfer plans, although Mikel Arteta has insisted it won’t, and adds to a rather long list of worries for the Gunners.
Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Albert Sambi Lokonga are also suffering from injury problems to varying degrees.
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Arsenal are still waiting to find out the extent of the hamstring injury winger Nelson suffered on Saturday.
“We don’t know the extent of the injury,” Arteta explained.
“The fact that he had to leave the pitch immediately is not good news, especially someone like Reiss, who is really powerful and quick.”
Emile Smith Rowe
After hinting Smith Rowe could be back soon after the New Year, Arteta took a more cautious tone as he provided a further update after the friendly.
“He hasn’t been able to train for the past few days, but I hope he can start [to train] next week,” the director said.
“He’s been out for a while now – he needs time to pick up speed. We really need him and we’ll welcome him with open arms because he’s a very important player for us. We need that he is in good shape on the field.
Smith Rowe has not played since September due to groin surgery but was with the team in Dubai to continue his comeback.
Arsenal have yet to set a deadline for Jesus’ recovery since suffering a knee injury at the World Cup.
The striker required surgery and the Gunners could look to sign a short-term replacement in January.
Reports suggest a three-month layoff and a return in early March, although this hasn’t been confirmed by the club.
Zinchenko told fans ‘not to worry’ about a calf problem he suffered last week which kept him out of friendlies with Lyon, AC Milan and of Juventus.
After missing much of the season with a calf injury, he returned before the break but was sidelined again with a muscle strain in Dubai.
Arteta said on Saturday that Zinchenko is “progressing well” in his latest recovery.
A hamstring problem kept Tomiyasu out of Arsenal’s friendly with Juventus.
The Japanese full-back is taking part in running training as he looks to end his own season through injury, Arteta has confirmed, but there remains a doubt for the West Ham game.
Albert Sambi Lokonga
Lokonga was another first-team player absent on Saturday after suffering a foot injury in Dubai.
Seemingly just a precaution, the Belgian is a minor doubt to figure next time around.