Arsenal injury latest as seven players set to miss Crystal Palace amid Oleksandr Zinchenko doubt

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19: Declan Rice #41 of Arsenal FC in action during the MLS All-Star Game between Arsenal FC and MLS All-Stars at Audi Field on July 19, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Arsenal are back in Premier League action this weekend against Crystal Palace after a warm weather camp in Dubai

Oleksandr Zinchenko of Arsenal

Arsenal will be hoping their short pause from Premier League football will help them return to winning ways this weekend when they welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have managed just one win in their previous seven matches in all competitions, losing their last three games. Their worrying form has resulted in them dropping down to fourth and crashing out of the FA Cup.

Unfortunately for Mikel Arteta, he will be without a number of first team players for the first league game of 2024. As reported earlier this week, Oleksandr Zinchenko is a doubt for the game.

The left-back has been nursing a calf problem that saw him miss the last two games against Fulham and Liverpool. Jakub Kiwior has filled in in his absence and the Poland defender is expected to retain his spot.

Fellow defender Takehiro Tomiyasu will also miss the game due to his participation with Japan at the AFC Asian Cup. The 25-year-old has recovered from a calf injury and Arsenal will be hoping he can avoid any future setbacks prior to his return to England.

Mohamed Elneny is also on international duty with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations. At the earliest, the defensive midfielder will be unavailable for selection in the Premier League until January 22, though Egypt are one of the tournament favourites.

One player who the Gunners will be hoping to get back to full fitness this month is Thomas Partey. The midfielder was forced to miss AFCON due to a thigh problem after being out of action since October.

Palace will be too soon for the 30-year-old but there’s hope that he could feature at Nottingham Forest later this month. This weekend’s game is also too early for Jurrien Timber, who made his return to a training pitch during the camp in Dubai.

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