Saka, Willian, Smith Rowe: Arsenal confirmed team news and injury updates ahead of West Ham


Arsenal’s final game before the international break is another London derby.

After beating bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Arsenal take on West Ham United at the London Stadium this afternoon as they look to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League.

Fortunately for Gunners manager Mikel Arteta, he is only sweating over the fitness of one first-team player, meaning he has the opportunity to unleash his stars this afternoon and try and put his players in a strong position ahead of the international break

With that in mind, here is the very latest on the Gunners injury front.

Bukayo Saka

Ahead of this afternoon’s London derby, it has been confirmed that Bukayo Saka is fit and available for selection

Saka missed Thursday evening’s 1-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the UEFA Europa League because of a hamstring problem.

Although the issue was not deemed to be too serious, and the England international was not risked by Arteta.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal is fouled by Sergio Reguilon of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Arsenal have confirmed that Saka has “responded well to treatment,” meaning he has been able to train ahead of the Gunners’ short hop across the capital on Sunday.

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Willian

Arsenal face an anxious wait over the fitness of winger Willian, who has found form in recent matches.

Like Saka, Willian missed the clash with Olympiacos and is poised to be assessed ahead of the trip to the London Stadium, as he continues to recover from a tight calf problem.

Elsewhere, Hector Bellerin, Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith Rowe, and Dani Ceballos were all substituted during the Olympiacos game, but it’s understood all four changes were tactical rather than injury related.





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