Arsenal’s five game winning run in the Premier League came crashing to an end on Wednesday night with a 2-0 defeat to title-hopefuls Liverpool at the Emirates.
After a spirited first 45 minutes, Liverpool’s quality and strength in depth ultimately told with Diogo Jota opening the scoring before substitute Roberto Firmino made it two just after the hour mark. On the whole, it is a performance that Mikel Arteta will be happy with despite picking up no points.
With Tottenham picking up a win against Brighton elsewhere, it leaves the race for fourth place in the Premier League wide open. Next up for Arsenal is a trip to Aston Villa on Saturday and, with that in mind, football.london has taken a look at the latest injury news.
Tomiyasu has been out of action for a few weeks now as a result of injuries to both his calves and the summer signing was absent for the defeat to Liverpool, despite his manager’s optimism in midweek.
What Arteta said: “Tomi is the only one that’s still there in contention [to miss the game],” he told reporters. “We have been trying to push him, but with the handbrake a little bit because we need to be careful as we don’t want to get another injury with him.
“We don’t know [if tomorrow is too soon]. Let’s see how he trains today.”
Expected return date: Unknown.
Emile Smith Rowe
Smith Rowe missed the Gunners’ wins over Wolves and Watford as a result of Covid-19. The Hale End academy graduate has been in sublime form this term, netting nine Premier League goals in total.
Luckily, he returned to action from the bench against Leicester and also appeared as a substitute in the second half during the defeat to Klopp’s men in north London.