Mikel Arteta issues worrying injury updates on four Arsenal players including Martin Odegaard
Mikel Arteta has stated that Martin Odegaard would need to be evaluated after appearing to sustain an ankle injury against Aston Villa last night.
Arsenal’s faultless start to the new season, which has seen Arteta’s team ascend to the Premier League summit on the back of five consecutive victories, has been led by the club captain.
Odegaard was instrumental in his team’s finest play last night, but he did not complete the match due to a ‘rough’ tackle by John McGinn, as described by Arteta.
The Norway international was seen with an ice pack on his ankle as he watched the balance of the match from the bench, but he was able to return to the field for post-match celebrations following Gabriel Martinelli’s game-winning goal.
Asked for an update on his skipper afterwards, Arteta said: “Yeah, he got a bad kick as you could see and he was struggling.
“He was in pain. Let’s assess him, but he had a little bit of pain on his leg because of that harsh challenge.”
Also of concern was goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who fell down holding his hamstring late in the game but still managed to finish it.
“I think he felt something, I don’t know what exactly. He managed to finish the game but he’s another we’ll have to assess,” Arteta added.
The fitness of midfielders Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny, who were both absent last night and are likely to be sidelined for lengthy stretches, was less encouraging.
“That’s not good news, we still need him to see our specialist but I’m afraid we’re going to lose Mo for a while,’” said Arteta when asked for an update on the Egypt international.
“(Partey) He’s going to be out for a while but we don’t know how long that period is going to be.
“Obviously, it’s not the first injury that he’s had in that area so it is a recurring injury, so it’s one for the doctors to put a timeline on it and see how he goes.”
Arsenal appears to be severely lacking in midfield alternatives, and a run of injuries will force the club to alter its plans prior to what looks to be a hectic transfer deadline.
“We were pretty protected in that position and now we are more exposed, but we have to be more prepared for uncertainties,” said Arteta.
“Injuries, suspensions and things like that can happen, especially this season which will be really strange with the World Cup. We’ll try to prevent things but sometimes it’s not easy.
“Obviously, it has an impact because Thomas [Partey] is injured and we are a bit short in that position. We have Sambi and Granit can play there but we are looking at options in the market.
“The club has been super supportive to keep improving the squad and the team as we can, and if the right player is available and we can do it, we will try.”