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“We had to rest a lot after the match we played on Wednesday, we (also) played on Sunday and last Thursday.

And the players at the beginning, we are not having a lot of information about some injuries.

“But it’s going to be very, very important the last day until tomorrow, how the players as well can tell me physically and mentally how they are for tomorrow.”

Tyrone Mings and Emi Buendía are currently their only long-term absentees.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has updated the status of the team ahead of the weekend’s fixture.
There were concerns about Gabriel Martinelli, who was on the end of several rough challenges in the match against Luton Town and had to be substituted. Addressing these concerns, Arteta stated, “I think everybody is going to be okay.”

Arteta indicated that while Thomas Partey is progressing well, it is too early to provide a specific timeline for his return. “We don’t know; he is getting a very good evolution of the injury, but it’s a bit early to get a timeframe. That will be incredibly fast if he’s able to do that [return for Liverpool], so we will have to wait,” he said.
Arsenal beat the plucky Hatters 4-3, with Declan Rice scoring with virtually the last kick of the game in the 97th minute.
Manager Mikel Arteta is currently short on defensive options as Takehiro Tomiyasu limped off last week against Wolves with a calf injury.
He is expected to be out for four to six weeks ahead of the AFC Asian Cup, which is a blow as Arsenal are already without Jurrien Timber for many more months.

Thomas Partey is someone who could fill in at right-back, but Arteta has said that he will struggle to be back playing by Christmas.
Predicted Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
Injured: Partey (thigh), Smith Rowe (knee), Timber (knee) Tomiyasu (calf), Vieira (groin)
Time and date: 5.30pm GMT on Saturday, December 9, 2023
Venue: Villa Park
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Arsenal squad from: Ramsdale, Raya, Hein; Gabriel, Cedric, Kiwior, Saliba, White, Zinchenko; Elneny, Havertz, Jorginho, Odegaard, Rice; Jesus, Martinelli, Nelson, Nketiah, Saka and trossard

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