Ben White, Jurrien Timber, Thomas Partey: Arsenal injury list and expected return dates

Ben White, Jurrien Timber, Thomas Partey: Arsenal injury list and expected return dates

Arsenal claimed the top spot in the Premier League table by securing a 1-0 victory against Brentford.

Kai Havertz scored his second goal for the Gunners since joining from Chelsea in the summer, as the north London giants welcomed back several players who had been sidelined with injuries during the international break.

Looking ahead, the focus shifts to Wednesday night’s Champions League clash at home against RC Lens. A win against the French side would secure Arsenal’s place in next year’s knockout stages.

In the meantime, GoonerNews has compiled the latest updates on injuries from the red side of north London below.

Ben White

The England defender replaced Bukayo Saka in the final stages of the victory over Brentford.

He came through the game unscathed and is expected to be fit for the match against Lens on Wednesday.

Thomas Partey

Partey is expected to be out until the new year after undergoing a minor procedure.

“He’s got a muscle injury and we expect him to be out for a few weeks. We don’t know the extent of it still, he has more tests today.

“He got that injury in training, with the last kick of the ball. Very unfortunate. He’s got another appointment today (Tuesday) and we will see more after that.”

Expected return date: January 2024.

Emile Smith Rowe

Smith Rowe is on the sidelines with a knee injury which is likely to keep him out until next month.

“We have an issue with him. He felt something in his knee and started to feel some pain after the game – we are assessing him, but [it’s] a big worry with him. He’s going to be out for weeks.”

Expected return date: Mid-December/early January

Jurrien Timber

Timber is continuing his recovery from an ACL injury with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta admitting that he’s been for ‘a few walks’ on the training ground pitches at London Colney.

“He’s been brilliant, absolutely brilliant,” said Arteta.

“You talk to anybody in that building, everybody that gets close to him, and [they’ll tell you] he’s a really special character.

“We were really impressed when we signed him because sometimes when you see the player live in your environment, training and playing, we went, ‘wow, we have an incredible player’.

“But then that player had a big setback and a really difficult moment to go through and he’s been really special in the way he has handled the situation. Really special.”

“You know, doing what kind of activity of activity is something very different. He’s been for a few walks on the field. That’s still a bit far from competing but he’s in a good place.”

Expected return date: N/A