June 16, 2024

This Saturday lunchtime Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace will see both teams eager to get back to winning ways. The Gunners are now fourth in the table after winning just one of their previous five games in the top league.

Although they are still just five points behind leaders Liverpool, North London’s momentum has been severely damaged by back-to-back Premier League losses to West Ham and Fulham as well as an FA Cup exit at the hands of Klopp’s team. Having defeated Palace in their last three encounters, Arsenal may at least find some solace in their recent record against Saturday’s oppponents.

In the Premier League, Roy Hodgson’s team has also triumphed in one game out of five. They most recently defeated Brentford at the end of December. The Eagles are currently five points above the relegation zone in 14th place in the standings.

However, who is likely to lose out on Mikel Arteta’s lineup selection this weekend and who will be available? Below is a summary of Arsenal’s injuries along with their probable return dates.

Jurrien Timber

Ever since sustaining a severe knee injury on the first weekend of the season, Timber, an Arsenal long-term absentee, has had a tough path to recovery. The Dutch defender looks to be making good progress and may return much sooner than anticipated, despite early projections that said he would be sidelined for the entire season. Though it seems unlikely that he will be gone for any time, the outlook is unexpectedly good.

Fabio Vieira

Vieira had surgery late last year to address a groyne problem, and although he is making progress towards a comeback, it’s possible that he will need some time to fully recover. At a news conference held earlier this month, his manager stated: “He’s back to normal now, but the surgery needed two different things to work.” He needs to keep training, so even though he is still a little ways out from where we want him, ideally we can have him [available] in a few weeks.

Thomas Partey

Due to a thigh injury, Partey is currently injured and will not play in the African Cup of Nations, further disrupting his already turbulent season. Though he is anticipated to return around the same time as Vieira, fans won’t want to get their hopes up too high after so many disappointments. Perhaps he will make it in time for the Premier League match against Liverpool on February 4.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

Better news: this weekend’s matchup against Crystal Palace may see Zinchenko return. Though his assessment will still be delayed, the Ukrainian appears to have a far higher chance of playing than a few of his injured teammates. Arteta stated: “He is progressing well” prior to the FA Cup loss to Liverpool. We will assess whether he is available to play and begin the game before our next training session tomorrow. Zinchenko should be back soon, but he missed that one.


Gabriel Jesus

After suffering a knee injury earlier this month, the Brazilian striker has been fully trained on Arsenal’s warm-weather training tour to Dubai. If all goes well, he should play against Palace.

Mohamed Elneny

Elneny is presently travelling with Egypt at the African Cup of Nations. In their first group stage match against the underdog Mozambique, the Pharoahs averted a serious scare thanks to a late penalty kick from Mohamed Salah that salvaged a 2-2 draw.

Takehiro Tomiyasu

Despite being on duty at the Asian Cup, the Japanese international did not play in his team’s 4-2 victory over Vietnam on Sunday. Nonetheless, it was stated that this was not because of any fresh injury worries, but rather a lack of match fitness.



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