Monday night’s bitterly disappointing 2-0 defeat against Newcastle United mean that Arsenal’s top-four hopes now hang by a thread. The loss means the Gunners are still fifth in the current Premier League standings, two points behind north London rivals Tottenham in fourth, who boast a vastly superior goal difference going into the final game of the season.
A Ben White own goal and a late Bruno Guimaraes strike secured all three points for the Tyneside-based club on a sloppy night for the Gunners. Mikel Arteta’s side will not only have to beat Everton on Sunday afternoon but also hope that already relegated Norwich City can defeat Spurs to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Ahead of this weekend’s matches, football.london has rounded up all the latest injury news that Arteta has to deal with as Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu remains a doubt.
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Though impressive in his debut season, Tomiyasu has consistently struggled with injury and has already missed a number of key games during the campaign. It could be set for an early end too, with the full-back coming off against Newcastle, appearing to clutch at his right hamstring.
What Arteta has said: “We don’t know we have to assess him, but he felt a muscular issue and we test him.”
Expected return date: N/A
White had been sidelined for several games, though injuries and suspensions across the backline saw him make an early return against Newcastle after some late fitness tests.
Gabriel is another who had left it late to start against the Magpies, having been substituted with an injury concern in the North London Derby.
Tierney will not play again this season after sustaining a long-term knee injury, which he has since undergone surgery for.
Expected return date: Pre-season
Partey has been out of action with a thigh injury since a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in April. The Ghanaian international was not fit enough to play against Newcastle, but football.londonunderstands that the 28-year-old has been taking part in individual training sessions each day with the target of being back in the first team squad before the end of the season.
A source told football.london that Partey could return for the final game of the season against Everton.
Expected return date: Everton (H) – May 22
Source by Football London