Arsenal news: Injury update ahead of Premier League return as fans react to William Saliba footage

Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Manchester City is drawing ever closer, with Mikel Arteta’s squad members returning to club duty after their international exploits

Mikel Arteta will be hoping his Arsenal charges show no ill-effects from the international break as the Gunners prepare to take on Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Arteta’s team go into the game top of the league, a point clear of City in third, but Liverpool can temporarily go top with a draw or win against Brighton earlier in the day. Arsenal were beaten at the Etihad Stadium last term but beat Pep Guardiola’s men this season in both the Community Shield and the league meeting in North London.

The match will be Arsenal’s first since their penalty shoot-out victory over Porto in the Champions League on March 12. A number of their players have been in action for the national teams in the interim, though, with Declan Rice captaining England to a 2-2 draw with Belgium.

Premier League health check

Arsenal have a number of doubts for the weekend trip to the Etihad Stadium. Jurrien Timber is definitely ruled out, but the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes could yet feature after injury kept them out of international action.

Saka pulled out of the England squad, though the problem sidelining the winger is not thought to be serious. Arsenal’s number seven missed the reverse fixture against City, though, and will be keen to feature this time.

Opponents City will be sweating on Kyle Walker and John Stones after the pair picked up injuries on England duty, with Ederson, Kevin De Bruyne and Matheus Nunes also doubts. Mirror Football has a full lowdown on all 20 Premier League teams.

Arsenal fans react to Saliba moment

France manager Didier Deschamps has pulled no punches with his comments about William Saliba during the international break. However, he felt the wrath of Arsenal fans in the light of the centre-back’s display against Chile.

Premier League health check

Arsenal have a number of doubts for the weekend trip to the Etihad Stadium. Jurrien Timber is definitely ruled out, but the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes could yet feature after injury kept them out of international action.

Saka pulled out of the England squad, though the problem sidelining the winger is not thought to be serious. Arsenal’s number seven missed the reverse fixture against City, though, and will be keen to feature this time.

Opponents City will be sweating on Kyle Walker and John Stones after the pair picked up injuries on England duty, with Ederson, Kevin De Bruyne and Matheus Nunes also doubts. Mirror Football has a full lowdown on all 20 Premier League teams.

Arsenal fans react to Saliba moment

France manager Didier Deschamps has pulled no punches with his comments about William Saliba during the international break. However, he felt the wrath of Arsenal fans in the light of the centre-back’s display against Chile.

Saliba performed a goal-saving challenge to deny Chile forward Ben Brereton Diaz during the win, with France coming from behind to claim a 3-2 victory. Youssouf Fofana, Randal Kolo Muani and former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud were on target for Les Bleus.

William Saliba at the Emirates Stadium

“We should call it the Saliba slide or something,” one Gunners supporter wrote. “It is a trademark. I don’t care what Didier Deschamps is am sure no one is scoring the moment that leg goes for the ball. Ask Mbappe.”

“Are these the things that Deschamps doesn’t like about Saliba?”, asked another, while a third wrote: “What a tackle by Saliba!! Deschamps can eat his words now.”

Wenger’s Fabregas admission

Arsene Wenger’s decision to make an example out of Cesc Fabregas was desngned to ensure a bad precedent wasn’t set. Fabregas spent almost half his career with the Gunners, but Wenger ensured the Spanish international wouldn’t return to North London when he left Barcelona in 2014.

“It was a general guidance from me to have that, to make the players [realises] ‘Look if you go out here, you don’t come back’,” Wenger told The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast in 2020. Chelsea pounded instead, winning the league with Fabregas.

“It was a way to retain the players who wanted to sometimes see if the grass was greener somewhere else,” he added. “I did it for Thierry Henry, Sol Campbell, and Jens Lehmann, but that was different. With the young players who left, I didn’t like to do it [take them back].”

 

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