Takehiro Tomiyasu and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Arsenal injury news ahead of Norwich City clash


It is Boxing Day and that means Premier League football is back – and so are Arsenal.

The Gunners will be desperate to make it four wins on the bounce this afternoon as they make the trip to relegation-threatened Norwich City.

Arsenal go into the match as huge favourites, despite the Canaries’ mini revival under new manager Dean Smith, but Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has a few problems to contend with.

So, with all of this being said, football.london rounds up all of the very latest Arsenal-related injury and Covid-19 news on Boxing Day ahead of the trip to Carrow Road.

Takehiro Tomiyasu

The Japan international was forced off the pitch on 64 minutes in the win against Leeds after struggling with an injury problem, meaning he missed the Carabao Cup victory against Sunderland earlier in the week.

After the game against Leeds, Arteta confirmed it was a muscular issue for Tomiyasu and Arsenal will wait to find out the severity of the problem.

What Arteta has said: “It was more of a muscular injury. He has got a big load on him because he has played every single minute since he’s joined us and even this week, he has been struggling a little bit.



Takehiro Tomiyasu picked up an injury against Leeds United recently
Takehiro Tomiyasu picked up an injury against Leeds United recently

“We decided to take him off, he was not 100 per cent confident to continue in the game, and hopefully he is not injured.”

Expected return date: Unknown

Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Sambi Lokonga

Chambers, Mari and Sambi Lokonga have all tested positive for Covid-19 and are isolating until they are able to return a negative result.

Arteta confirmed recently that Mari and Lokonga were absent because of the virus, while Arsenal announced on their Twitter page on Tuesday that Chambers was too isolating.

What Arteta said: “We had another player, as well Pablo [Mari] has Covid, so unfortunately they [Mari and Lokonga] will be out.”

Expected return date: Unknown

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang has missed the last few matches because of a disciplinary breach. His future at Arsenal is now uncertain and a return date is yet to be determined.

What Arteta said: “No, he’s not available for selection.”

Expected return date: N/A

Sead Kolasinac

Kolasinac is unlikely to play any time soon, with the Bosnia and Herzegovina international sidelined with a ‘significant’ ankle injury that he suffered during November’s international break.

The former Schalke defender had to be carried off the field after a heavy challenge in a World Cup qualifier against Finland.

What’s been said: “Left ankle. Sead sustained a significant injury to his left ankle playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina during the November international period. Sead is now running outside and is aiming to be back in full training in January.”

Expected return date: New Year





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