Pepe, Holding, Partey: Confirmed Arsenal team news and injury updates ahead of Benfica clash

It’s now three Premier League defeats in four games for Arsenal.

Facing an in-form Manchester City side was always going to be a tough ask for the Gunners but they got off to the worst possible start, conceding inside the opening two minutes as Raheem Sterling headed home unmarked.

To Arsenal’s credit, somewhat, they managed to stay in the game. Although, they didn’t look like seriously testing Ederson in the City goal in either half as the visitors ran out 1-0 winners.

As a result, Mikel Arteta’s side remain 10th in the table and any chance of sealing a return to Champions League football will almost certainly rest on lifting the Europa League trophy in May.

Having drawn 1-1 with Benfica in the round of 32 first-leg meeting last week, the Gunners know that a goalless draw will see them progress to the next round.

And ahead of that game, we have rounded up all the latest Arsenal injury news. Join us below.

Thomas Partey

Midfield enforcer Partey was not available for selection for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s men on Sunday.

He was, however, pictured peeking through the netting at London Colney and keeping tabs on his teammates, perhaps providing some advice to his fellow midfielders.

His emergence onto the training field suggests that he was involved in his own individual session, which represents another hurdle that has been overcome in his push to return to full fitness.

On the back of the injury, we asked expert Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT to give his opinion on what the problem might be.

“Partey grabbed at the hamstring area prior to being subbed off and I actually commented on this. In terms of the hamstring injury, can be a sensitive injury because of the load placed on it but sounds like a grade 1 injury,” said Brar.

“The Arsenal physio staff have shown good results this season with Holding’s hamstring tear earlier this season in which he came back earlier than expected with no recurrence.”

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Rob Holding

With around 10 minutes to play, Holding was caught on the head accidentally by the studs of Joao Cancelo after going in for a tackle.

The Gunners then took him off for their third substitution of the game and Arteta has explained that his side were using the Premier League’s new concussion sub protocol which permits teams an extra change in the event of a head injury.

“Well obviously that’s a call that has to be given by the doctor,” he said after the match. “And that’s the communication that we got with him so we decided to make the concussion sub.”

Rob Holding became the Premier League’s first ever concussion sub during Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Arteta also later revealed that he is now expecting Holding to miss a few days of training as a result of his concussion.

“Yeah that’s what they told me (that Holding had a concussion) so if that’s the case he will miss a few days I think.”

Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe, Martin Odegaard, and Mohamed Elneny were all substituted against City, but for tactical reasons.

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