Mikel Arteta handed best-case Arsenal injury scenario as triple boost emerges ahead of Liverpool

Latest Arsenal injury news with Mikel Arteta given a hopeful return date for Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been handed a huge triple injury update ahead of this weekend’s clash against Liverpool. The Gunners are one of many Premier League teams to have been plagued by injury issues in the early months of the 2023/24 season although those worries have somewhat decreased over the last few weeks.

Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus and Emile Smith Rowe have all returned to action in the past games with Arteta fortunate to not have lost a guaranteed starter to injury for some time. However, when discussing plans for the January transfer window, Arteta revealed a fresh injury for Jorginho.
Speaking after the 2-0 win against Brighton, he said: “We had some issues in the camp and with Jorginho too we had another one. It’s five, six now. So, we need players.” The Italy international has therefore joined an injury list that also consists of important first-team duo Jurrien Timber and Thomas Partey, among others.
Earlier this month though, Partey provided a positive update on his recovery after undergoing a procedure in November by posting a video of himself working in the gym at London Colney. Ghana’s provisional squad announcement for the Africa Cup of Nations also included Partey, thus offering Arsenal and Arteta a rough timeline for his return with that tournament commencing on January 13, 2024 and subsequently ending on February 11, 2024.
The Premier League winter break occurring during that time period means Partey won’t miss too many games for Arsenal, and instead he could be back in time to take on Liverpool in the FA Cup third round in early January alongside two other players. Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasu suffered respective hamstring and calf injuries in the last few weeks, although the hope is for them to be available alongside Partey to face Liverpool on January 7, 2024, as per the Evening Standard.

While this weekend’s game against Jurgen Klopp’s side will certainly come too soon for the trio, Arteta’s side already have a slight fitness advantage. On Wednesday evening, the Reds took on West Ham in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals with a 5-1 win seeing them advance to the final four, while Arsenal enjoyed a free midweek with the Champions League group stages ending last week.

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