West Ham looks forward to Boxing Day with mikel arteta examining their charges ahead of the league leader’s renewed push for the title.
There are also concerns about Reiss Nelson and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Here is his latest update Arsenal injuries and return dates…
Arsenal welcomed the World Cup finalist to training on Friday, giving him three days and the morning of Boxing Day to show his readiness to face West Ham.
Saliba barely played in Qatar, with just 27 minutes of action, so he should be ready to go if Arteta decides he is. mentally and physically strong enough.
The Arsenal manager said on Thursday: “Let’s see, that also depends on how I come back. We have the data of what he has done in training, and in terms of actual minutes he did not participate much but it was also a great experience for him. When he returns we will make the decision ”.
In a short time at Arsenal, Zinchenko has already made three injury comebacks and suffered knee and calf problems.
A new calf problem arose during the break and his manager has remained mum ahead of the West Ham game, saying last week that Zinchenko was “progressing well”.
The left back is still a doubt for Boxing Day.
Emilio Smith Rowe
After groin surgery in September, Smith Rowe will return in early January.
That could mean making the squad to face Newcastle on January 3 or, more likely, some role against Oxford in the FA Cup six days later.
“Emile is close, he starts training again”, confirms Arteta. “He had a little setback, but he’s in a good place. We have done many things with Emile, sometimes he has been very close. [to the squad]sometimes he has been to different places to see different environments, but his attitude has been great.”
After rumors that Jesús could be back in February, Arteta has assured that he “never gave a date” for the Brazilian’s return.
That remains the case after his knee injury at the World Cup, which required an operation.
“With Gabby it is very difficult to set a deadline [on his recovery]Artet said. “It was a major injury and, knowing him, I prefer not to give dates. It will take some time for sure. Obviously, he’s going to have surgery, so that’s the extent of the injury.”
Arsenal will play it safe with Nelson’s hamstring injury after it was stopped in the friendly loss to Juventus on December 17.
He will no doubt miss the West Ham game and possibly the whole of January as he will be out for “weeks”.
“Reiss, unfortunately, was injured in the game against Juventus and I think he will be out for a while,” Arteta said. I’m talking weeks. We’ll see how he reacts to him in the next few days, but he sensed something right away and with speedsters, that’s not a good sign.”
Arteta did not provide an update on Tomiyasu ahead of the West Ham game, after the Japanese full-back missed the Juve defeat due to a hamstring injury.
A week ago, the Arsenal manager confirmed that he had returned to running on the training grounds.
Therefore, it remains a doubt to face the Hammers. .