Arsenal injury news and return dates: Mikel Arteta confirms huge boost ahead of Watford clash



Arsenal return to Premier League action this afternoon as they entertain Watford at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners will be eager to continue their fine recent form with three points in north London but come up against a Hornets side under new management in Claudio Ranieri.

Mikel Arteta will be desperate to get one over on his opposition number, but the Arsenal boss has a few injury problems he must address heading into the Premier League clash.

With all this being said, football.london gathers all of the latest injury news from the Gunners and assesses their chances of facing Watford.

Kieran Tierney

Since his arrival from Celtic, Tierney just hasn’t quite managed to shake off long-running injury problems and that had been the same in the week leading up to Leicester.

The Scottish defender was restricted to the sidelines against both Aston Villa and Leeds with a bruised ankle, as confirmed by the Gunners.

He missed the clash against Leicester, Arteta confirmed that the left-back returned to training over the past two days and is feeling much more like his normal self.

What Arteta has said: “Kieran has been training the last two days, he is feeling much better so hopefully he will be available.”

Expected return date: Watford (H), Sunday, November 7.

Pablo Mari

The 28-year-old Spaniard has not featured in a Premier League matchday squad since the 1-0 victory against Burnley and has not played a single minute in the league since late August.

He has been struggling with illness, and missed out on the squad for the trip to Leicester – though whether that was down to his fitness or sheer squad strength remains to be seen.

What Arteta has said: “There is a bug going on. We lost Pablo [Mari] as well who wasn’t feeling great and Ben had it as well for the last day or two.”

Expected return date: Watford (H) – Nov 7

Granit Xhaka

The Swiss midfielder has been out since suffering a knee injury in the 3-1 victory against Spurs.

He continues his recovery but is not expected to play a part for the Gunners until the new year.

Expected return date: January





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