Arsenal welcome Watford to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Mikel Arteta looks for his team to continue their fine run of recent form.
The Gunners are now unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, with Arteta turning around his side’s fortunes with a string of positive results – most recently, beating Leicester City 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday sees Watford, who have recently appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, come to north London, with Arsenal firm favourites for the Premier League meeting, but Arteta will be left to sweat over the fitness of some of his key players.
With all this being said, football.london takes a close look at the latest injury issues Arteta will have to contend with before then.
Odegaard was a doubt for Saturday’s win at Leicester, but the Gunners star came on in the second-half of the game to replace Alexandre Lacazette.
The Norwegian playmaker was not in the squad for the win against Leeds United in the Carabao Cup, but took some part against the Foxes, which has provided Arteta with a big boost in midfield.
With Odegaard returning at the weekend, the Norway international could be in line to start against Watford on Sunday afternoon.
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, and Arteta stated that he is unsure on when the left-back will return due to the pain he is in, with the 24-year-old struggling with his running.
What Arteta has said: “He didn’t train with the team yesterday. He wasn’t feeling good, is still in pain and was struggling with his running. We need to help him as much as possible, get him back but I don’t know when that will be.”
Expected return date: N/A
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 today who wasn’t feeling great and Ben had it as well for the last day or two.”
Expected return date: Watford (H) – Nov 7
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 January.
Expected return date: January