Arsenal’s next match is against Burnley on Saturday afternoon, and manager Unai Emery will be hoping to have a stronger line-up than the one he selected against Newcastle.
The Gunners managed to claim a 1-0 win despite missing a number of key players for the game. Nicolas Pepe could be in line for his first start after playing 20 minutes at St James’ Park. The record signing has been building up his fitness following his break after the African Cup of Nations.
The Burnley match has likely come too soon for Rob Holding. The defender is closing in on a return to first-team action after an ACL injury and he played 63 minutes for the Under 23s in the 3-1 win over Blackburn last night. Emile Smith Rowe also featured in the game, playing 45 minutes as he steps up his recovery from a groin issue.
Emery has given a progress report on Hector Bellerin. The Spaniard is expected to make his comeback from a serious knee injury within the next month. A return to the first team is likely to happen at the start of October.
Kieran Tierney’s recovery from a double hernia operation is taking longer than hoped. Medical staff predict that the £25m summer recruit will be back in four to six weeks.
Konstantinos Mavropanos could be out for up to two months with a groin problem, while Mohamed Elneny could return to the matchday squad this weekend following his extended leave.