Elneny, Lacazette, Smith Rowe: Arsenal confirmed team news and injury updates ahead of Burnley

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday against Burnley.

The Gunners will go into the game on the back of wins over Benfica and Leicester City as Mikel Arteta’s side aim to finish as high as possible in the Premier League table.

Whilst a top-four challenge seems unlikely at this point, a top-seven finish – and Europa League football next season – is certainly not out of the question if Arsenal can string some wins together.

Having lost to the Clarets in the reverse meeting at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season, Gunners will be desperate to win this one and maintain this wave of momentum.

Ahead of Saturday’s game at Turf Moor, we have rounded up all the latest Arsenal injury news.

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Rob Holding

Rob Holding was accidentally caught on the back of the head by Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo late in the game and was the subject of the Premier League’s first concussion substitution.

The defender was taken from the field and assessed for a potential concussion, and as is the new protocol had to undergo further concussion tests this week.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was under the impression that Holding had indeed suffered from a concussion.

Defender Rob Holding was taken off against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images).

It was confirmed the defender would not be available for Benfica: “Regarding Rob, he’s not available. He had a concussion, we tested him and he’s completely fine but obviously, now we need to follow the protocols and he won’t be able to travel.”

Having said that, Holding returned to the squad for the Leicester clash and was an unused substitute.

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Emile Smith Rowe

The 20-year-old started Arsenal’s 3-1 victory away to Leicester and had been having a good game before he had to limp off just after after the Gunners had equalised, having gone behind early on to the hosts.

But speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Burnley in the Premier League this Saturday, Arteta was more positive about the outlook for the injury.

Arsenal’s English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe is helped from the pitch after picking up an injury during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Arsenal at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Tim Keeton / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by TIM KEETON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“Emile has a scan yesterday,” said Arteta. “It doesn’t look a significant injury. But he was in discomfort.”

It is not known yet whether Smith Rowe is expected to miss the trip to Turf Moor as a result of the injury or if he will be back in time for the Gunners’ Europa League tie against Olympiacos next Thursday.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Elneny and Alexandre Lacazette are available despite being substituted against the Foxes.

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