Arsenal have confirmed that Thomas Partey, Gabriel and Eddie Nketiah are all ruled out for the Gunners’ opening Premier League match of the season against Brentford.
Mikel Arteta’s men travel to west London to take on the newly-promoted Bees on Friday evening as they kick-off their 2021/22 campaign.
However, Arsenal are set to be without three first-team players for the trip to the Brentford Community Stadium, with Partey, Gabriel and Nketiah all sidelined with respective injury worries.
Partey’s absence had already been confirmed with the Ghanaian having suffered an ankle injury in a pre-season clash against Chelsea and will miss the opening couple of weeks of the season.
A club statement read: “Right ankle. Thomas sustained an injury to ligaments in his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea on August 1.
“Thomas continues to be assessed and is expected to be back in training by the end of August.”
Similarly, Nketiah had already been ruled out with a problem of his own having also picked up a knock against the Blues. The striker has a slightly longer injury lay-off to contend with.
The statement continued: “Right ankle. Eddie sustained bruising to his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea on August 1.
“Eddie continues to be assessed and is expected to be back in training in early September.”
Finally, Arsenal will also be without the services of defender Gabriel Magalhaes. He sustained a knee problem whilst away on Olympic duty and will likely not be seen in action for at least the next couple of weeks.
The statement concluded: “Right knee. Gabriel sustained an injury to his right knee whilst with the Brazilian Olympic Squad. Gabriel continues to be assessed and is aiming to be back in training in by early September.”