Arsenal went into this weekend with a two-point lead over rivals Tottenham in the fight for the top four after three consecutive triumphs, and they are well aware that they may see that lead grow to five points if the current round of matchups goes their way.
After suffering possibly season-ending injuries to Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey last month, Arsenal have suffered yet another setback with Ben White becoming the next casualty after his absence from the team last weekend.
What you need to know about the present state of play at the Emirates Stadium, including the anticipated return dates for those who are now on the sidelines, can be found right here.
Ben White was a surprise omission from the Arsenal squad that defeated West Ham United 2-1 last week, after it was revealed that he had been forced to withdraw due to an injury sustained in the previous game against Manchester United. White had been expected to be included in the squad, but was not.
The England international has been diagnosed with a muscle ailment in his thigh and will undergo further evaluation this week. At this point, the injury does not seem to be significant, and there is a high potential that he will be available to play against Leeds United this weekend.
Following the victory against West Ham on Sunday, Arteta made the following statement: “Ben was wounded [against Manchester United], he complained of a muscle issue, and we took him to the hospital. Hopefully, we will be able to speak with him in the next few days to see how he is doing.”
Midfielder Thomas Partey is continuing to rehabilitate from a “severe” thigh injury that he acquired during Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace on April 4, an ailment that has kept him out of every single one of the Gunners’ games since.
Although Arteta had earlier said that there was a slight possibility that Partey would be able to return to action before the conclusion of the season, it now seems that there will be no opportunity for him to do so before the end of the season, according to the latest reports.
“He’s developing,” Arteta said on April 29. “But he’s coming off a big injury, so we don’t anticipate him to make enough improvement to see action this season.”
Injured left-back Kieran Tierney has dealt a major blow to Arsenal, as the club’s first-choice left-back now seems to be on his way out of the season after the announcement that he would undergo knee surgery after experiencing pain during a training session.
Having missed Arsenal’s past six games, the Scotland international was clearly missed, especially when the Gunners’ first three of those matches ended in losses. Tierney will now concentrate on recovering his fitness in preparation for Scotland’s World Cup play-offs in June this year.
“Kieran noticed pain following a training session on Thursday,” Arteta stated in a statement released on April 5. Following a specialist visit, it was determined that he would need [knee] surgery. Following additional conversations, it was determined that he would require [knee] surgery.”