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Arsenal get best-case Declan Rice and Gabriel injury return scenario for Liverpool

Latest Arsenal injury news with Mikel Arteta facing an anxious wait on the fitness of Gabriel and Declan Rice ahead of a crucial set of fixtures

Mikel Arteta very nearly enjoyed the perfect day at Emirates Stadium with his Arsenal side getting back to winning ways in style. The Gunners put five past Crystal Palace in a dominant display which saw Gabriel Magalhaes, Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli all find the back of the net with Eagles goalkeeper Dean Henderson also scoring an own goal.

Scoring goals has been difficult for Arsenal in recent weeks with just one arriving in their last three games which were all defeats. However, Arteta and his players emphatically answered those issues in front of goal to seal the three points and make a statement in the Premier League title race against Manchester City and Liverpool.

However, there are two concerns that have emerged from the game surrounding Gabriel and Declan Rice, the duo who combined for Arsenal’s first goal. With just over 15 minutes to play and Arsenal three goals ahead, Rice was replaced by Jorginho with it seeming as though Arteta was resting his key players, but as he walked off the pitch it was quite clear he was in some discomfort.

To compound that potential blow, Gabriel also went down in the final stages which resulted in him receiving treatment and subsequently being replaced by Jakub Kiwior. After the game, concern was understandably high surrounding the duo, with Arteta’s immediate update not installing too much optimism.

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Gabriel Magalhaes and Declan Rice will be hoping their injury scares do not keep them out of Arsenal’s game against Liverpool (Image: (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Offside/Offside via Getty Images))

Mikel Arteta very nearly enjoyed the perfect day at Emirates Stadium with his Arsenal side getting back to winning ways in style. The Gunners put five past Crystal Palace in a dominant display which saw Gabriel Magalhaes, Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli all find the back of the net with Eagles goalkeeper Dean Henderson also scoring an own goal.

Scoring goals has been difficult for Arsenal in recent weeks with just one arriving in their last three games which were all defeats. However, Arteta and his players emphatically answered those issues in front of goal to seal the three points and make a statement in the Premier League title race against Manchester City and Liverpool.

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However, there are two concerns that have emerged from the game surrounding Gabriel and Declan Rice, the duo who combined for Arsenal’s first goal. With just over 15 minutes to play and Arsenal three goals ahead, Rice was replaced by Jorginho with it seeming as though Arteta was resting his key players, but as he walked off the pitch it was quite clear he was in some discomfort.

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To compound that potential blow, Gabriel also went down in the final stages which resulted in him receiving treatment and subsequently being replaced by Jakub Kiwior. After the game, concern was understandably high surrounding the duo, with Arteta’s immediate update not installing too much optimism.

 

“He [Rice] was feeling some tightness,” the Arsenal boss said in his post-match press conference. “I don’t know what muscle it was. But when he says that at 3-0 then obviously we don’t want to take any risks. The same with big Gabi. He had some discomfort from a tackle in the first half and he was struggling a bit so it was the right moment to take him off the field.”

Thankfully, Arsenal are not back in action until Tuesday, January 30 when they face Nottingham Forest away from home. That means the duo will have nine days to recover and potentially be available for that clash at the City Ground but it is perhaps the weekend clash against Liverpool following that game that the pair will want to make on February 4.

While Arsenal play just one game before welcoming their title rivals to Emirates Stadium, Liverpool face an extra two games. Later today (Sunday), Jurgen Klopp’s side take on Bournemouth before a trip to Craven Cottage to face Fulham in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg with that tie followed by an FA Cup fourth round clash against Championship side Norwich

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