Luiz, Saka, Partey: Arsenal injury news and return dates ahead of Wolves clash

Arsenal return to Premier League action this weekend when they host Wolves at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners go into the game on the back of the 3-0 success at Molde in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Mikel Arteta’s side currently sit in 12th position in the top flight with 13 points from their first nine fixtures of the campaign.

Last time out in the league they were held to a goalless draw by Leeds United so they will be looking to get back on track when they take on Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on Sunday evening.

Arsenal have several key players out due to injury so below we round up all the latest on the injury front ahead of the Wolves game.

David Luiz

The Brazilian centre-back was forced off at half time during the 3-0 win at Molde.

It was unclear what the exact nature of the injury boss but Arteta confirmed post match it was more of a precaution.

“I hope that he’s fine” said the Arsenal manager. “This surface (3G) brings some different challenges to some players who had issues in their bodies and it’s quite aggressive to play on this surface.

“We wanted to take zero risks on that. I think he should be fine.”

It is hoped he will return to the squad for Sunday’s game.


Summer signing Willian was forced off at half-time against Leeds on Sunday – and it was not for tactical reasons.

After the game, Arteta confirmed that the Brazilian international had felt a slight niggle in the first 45 and did not want to run the risk of him participating in the second half and making the problem worse, meaning he was replaced by Reiss Nelson.

“He was feeling something muscular and we had to take him off,” Arteta said.

Willian did not travel to Norway for the Molde game but Arteta will be hoping the midfielder’s injury does not see him sidelined for too long.

Bukayo Saka

Having featured three times for England over the recent international break, Saka would have been hoping for the chance to catch his breath against Leeds.

However, the 19-year-old starlet was called into action just six minutes into the second half, being forced to come on and cover for Nicolas Pepe, who was sent off.

However, the teenager didn’t finish the contest as he came off worse in a 50-50 challenge and suffered a blow to his knee. Arsenal have yet to issue an update on the severity of the problem.

Ahead of the Molde clash (which he missed), Arteta said: “He was in a lot of pain in the last few days. We will have to assess what will happen a day before the (Wolves) game.

“Whether he’s fit or not we will try to find the players against Wolves.”

Thomas Partey

With Arteta already a midfielder short for the clash with Leeds, the Gunners boss would have been desperate to have summer signing Partey available for selection.

The 27-year-old, who was signed for £45million from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window, came off against Villa before the international break with a thigh problem.

That resulted in the midfield enforcer being unable to meet up with the Ghana squad over the course of the international break, meaning he stayed at London Colney to try and get himself in the best possible shape for the clash with Leeds.

He missed that game and the one with Molde so is in a race against time to be fit for the visit of Wolves.

Sead Kolasinac

Gunners left-back Kolasinac was forced to miss the tussle with Leeds after returning a positive Covid-19 test whilst on international duty with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It was confirmed last Wednesday that the defender had tested positive for the virus.

Under self-isolation guidelines, this, of course, also means he sat out the clash against Molde, meaning it leaves Arteta with a selection dilemma at left-back.

Mohamed Elneny

Egyptian midfield enforcer Elneny also missed the clash at Elland Road after testing positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Egypt.

A statement released by the Egyptian FA last Monday evening said Elneny was asymptomatic, but the midfielder is self-isolating.

He missed the Europa League clash against Molde but should return for game with Wanderers.

Calum Chambers

Chambers suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee against Chelsea almost a year ago and has been absent from the first-team fold ever since.

But the 25-year-old is on his way back to full fitness after starting for Arsenal Under-21s in their Papa John’s Trophy’s clash against Gillingham and also featured for the U23’s against Everton last Friday.

Though he has climbed another step on the ladder in the direction of recovery, he still has some way to go before he can consider himself fully fit and first-team ready.

Pablo Mari

Another defender who has been through the wars of late is Spanish centre-back Mari.

The 27-year-old sustained a significant sprain to his ankle ligaments in the first game back after the first national lockdown back in June.

The centre-back is continuing his outside running and strengthening programme, along with light ball work.

The club had set themselves the aim of getting him back into training once this current international break was over.

However, Sunday’s clash with Leeds came to soon for him, meaning he may be in line to make the squad against Molde.

Gabriel Martinelli

Talented 19-year-old Martinelli has been sidelined since late-June when he suffered a left knee injury during a training session.

According to the Gunners, Martinelli underwent successful surgery ahead of hopefully stepping-up his return to action before the end of 2020.

Arsenal have confirmed that he has been running outside, alongside doing a daily strengthening and recovery programme at their London Colney training groun

Arsenal say he has been involved in group sessions and is aiming to return to full training over the next two weeks.

“I’m feeling very well, I’m regaining confidence and I can feel my knee is better,” he previously told the Arsenal website.

“After an injury like this you are kind of scared to force the knee again but the past couple of weeks it has been fine and soon I can start training with the ball.”


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