Mikel Arteta will aim to halt Arsenal’s worrying recent decline when they take on West Brom at home on Sunday evening, knowing a win could confirm their visitors’ relegation back down to the Championship.
Mikel Arteta’s job security feels increasingly threatened with each disappointing result, the Spaniard has endured a miserable first full season in the Emirates dug-out.
Surprisingly, Arsenal’s main struggles have come at home, losing more games than they have won at their own ground this season, with six victories accompanied by seven defeats.
A win on Sunday would seal West Brom’s fate, with the Baggies currently 10 points adrift with just four fixtures remaining.
Arsenal will be without a number of key players through injury and could see even more regulars dropped given the fact the Gunners have little left to play for this season, this tie could be a chance for Arteta to hand some Premier League minutes to younger members of the squad.
Here is a full update on Arsenal’s latest injury news.
The Brazilian central defender had only recently returned from surgery on his knee, but is now facing another spell on the sidelines.
Luiz made his return to the Arsenal first team for last weekend’s trip to Newcastle, but appeared to aggravate his hamstring just before the hour mark and was forced to limp out of action at St James Park.
Though Arsenal have confirmed he ‘has made very good progress since sustaining the injury’, Sunday night’s clash with West Brom comes too soon for Luiz, who will continue his recovery over the next week.
A fellow Brazilian, Mari sustained a nasty-looking ankle injury in Thursday night’s dismal showing against Villarreal.
Mari’s form was shaky against the Spanish outfit before his injury, struggling to keep tabs on Villarreal forward Gerard Moreno.
Arsenal have revealed that “Pablo is not available for Sunday’s match, but aims to re-join training next week.”
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The Swiss midfielder was forced to withdraw from Thursday night’s action in disappointing fashion after being named in the starting 11 before picking up an injury just before kick-off in the warm-up.
Xhaka suffered a strain to his groin and will be unavailable for selection for the visit of West Brom.
It remains unclear just how long the midfielder will be out for, with Arsenal revealing Xhaka “will continue to be assessed and rehabilitate the injury with the medical team over the next few days.”