Arsenal continued their impressive form on Easter Sunday with a 2-2 draw against Liverpool. The Gunners saw their 2-0 lead wasted at Anfield but earned another valuable point in their Premier League title dream.
First-half strikes from Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus gave the north Londoners a comfortable lead. Mohamed Salah converted from close range on the verge of half-time before Roberto Firmino leveled the score later,
The Gunners are now just six points clear of Manchester City, with the title race now split between the two teams, with the champions one game less. The two teams are yet to meet at the end of the month, in what should be the game of the season.
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That being said, football.london gathered the latest injury news from the Emirates Stadium after the entertaining draw on Merseyside.
William Saliba limped off during Arsenal’s Europa League exit against Sporting CP, suffering a back problem which forced the youngster to be substituted. The Frenchman then missed the clash with Crystal Palace, as well as the aforementioned victory against Leeds at the weekend.
The defender missed the clash with Liverpool. It’s still unclear when he’ll be back, with a back injury difficult to gauge just how serious the problem is.
football.london understands the France international was seen walking comfortably in the mixed zone after the game against Leeds on Saturday, as he did after exits from Sporting CP and Crystal Palace.
What Arteta said: “We try to manage him in the best possible way. Unfortunately, he won’t be fit for this match. [against Leeds] and we try and he tries to do everything to feel better and get back to training. But not yet.
“No real change for the rest of the players who have been injured. We have some hope on whoever can train tomorrow, but we’ll have to see.”
Expected return date: Unknown
During Gabriel Jesus’ absence, Nketiah rose to the challenge and fired Arsenal to a number of crucial wins. However, due to an ankle injury, the striker has been out for the past few weeks, football.london understand. The striker could return to the matchday squad over the weekend but with Arteta’s cryptic injury update possibly in relation to Nketiah.
What Arteta said: “He’s better. He’s still in the trunk. He’s still a few weeks away and we have to be patient. It was a nasty injury and he has a big challenge ahead of him. Thank God it could have been worse. So he is not in a bad place.
“No, no real changes for the rest of the players who have been injured. We have some hope on whoever can train tomorrow, but we’ll have to see.”
Takehiro Tomiyasu was substituted within the first 10 minutes of the Gunners’ clash against Sporting CP at the Emirates Stadium. The Japanese defender had overstretched for a tackle early in the game and had to seek treatment on the pitch soon after and was unable to continue.
The Japan international was not in the squad to face Crystal Palace which was later confirmed to have undergone knee surgery. Now the medical staff have learned the extent of the defender’s injury.
An official statement from the club reads: “Tomi underwent successful surgery in London on Tuesday and will be ruled out for the remainder of this season. Everyone at the club will now work hard with Tomi, so that he can join the pre-season training before next season.”
What Arteta said: “We don’t know. The doctor is assessing. We have an assessment and I think they need to have another one tomorrow. It’s not looking good. Tomi is not one to overdo things. He was really worried right away and we’re worried.”
Expected return date: June
Elneny started in the FA Cup win over Oxford United and played all 90 minutes. However, the Egyptian was absent from Arteta’s squad for the 2-0 win at Tottenham, with a knee problem detected in training before the clash was assessed. Moreover, there was no room on the bench to face Manchester United.
A club statement later confirmed that the former Basel man would be out for an extended period, although no timetable was given on his expected return. Elneny has since signed a new contract at Arsenal as he nears a return.
Expected return date: Unknown
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