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Latest Arsenal injury news with four to miss Fulham after Tomiyasu and Partey updates

Arsenal injury news as the Gunners prepare to take on struggling Fulham after their surprise 2-0 loss to West Ham in midweek

Mikel Arteta will be hoping that his side can bounce back from a shocking 2-0 loss to West Ham last night as they prepare to travel down to West London to face Fulham at Craven Cottage this weekend.

A controversial goal from Thomas Soucek in the first half appeared to rock the Gunners, who started the match brightly with VAR failing to confirm whether the ball had definitively gone out for a goal kick before the Czech international received the ball in the box. Despite protests, the lengthy check resulted in the goal being awarded much to the confusion of many around the Emirates Stadium.

was then down to former Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos to double the Hammers’ lead after halftime with a bullet header going in off the underside of the crossbar from a corner that eventually proved to be enough to win the visitors the affair, despite relentless attempts on goal from Arteta’s men late on meaning they failed to return to the top of the Premier League table.

Now, though, they’ll turn their attention to their trip to Craven Cottage to face Marco Silva’s side, who have failed to win any of their last three league matches. Perhaps the one positive that came from the defeat to David Moyes’ men was that it appears as though there have been no more major injury concerns picked up ahead of the Fulham clash.

Midfielder Thomas Partey will be hoping to get fit in time for the Africa Cup of Nations, where he’s likely to be called up for duty with Ghana while full-back Takehiro Tomiyasu is trying to get back to full fitness for international duty with Japan before the Asia Cup kicks off next month.

Ahead of the clash with West Ham, Arteta confirmed the pair would miss out on the match at home and are likely still doubts for the Fulham bout. He said: “We’re not going to have those two so I think we’re going to have five out, but we have lots of other players willing to play.

There is a chance [they’ll be back before AFCON/Asia Cup],” he confirmed. “We’ll have to see. They haven’t trained yet. Hopefully they can evolve in the right way.”

Elsewhere, there’s long-term issues for both Fabio Vieira and Jurrien Timber with the former undergoing surgery in order to correct a groin issue and is set for a potential return towards the end of January. The Dutchman also underwent surgery at the start of the season following his brutal knee injury on debut on the opening weekend, with his recovery timeline likely to bring him back between March and May.

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