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Arsenal facing injury issues as Champions League fixture approaches

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Arsenal will need to swiftly move past their disappointing Premier League defeat to Newcastle United this week. Since, Mikel Arteta’s team is to return to Champions League action.

Arsenal experienced their first Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday night, which came after Anthony Gordon’s controversial goal. Thus, it’s safe to say that the nature of the loss did not sit well with Arteta.

Arsenal now needs to regroup and focus on securing their place in the Champions League round of 16. A victory over Sevilla in the upcoming match would go a long way in solidifying their position in the knockout stages, as they head into the final two games of the group stage.

What did Arsenal manager say?

Arteta is likely hoping to have his captain, Martin Odegaard, back for the upcoming match after the 24-year-old was unavailable for Saturday’s defeat. Reports from football.london say that the playmaker was evaluated ahead of the trip to Tyneside but was ultimately ruled out.

Arsenal is to provide an update on Odegaard’s fitness on Tuesday. However, it is highly likely that two players, Emile Smith Rowe and Thomas Partey, will be unavailable for Wednesday’s game.

Emile Smith Rowe sustained a knee injury before the Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham last week. And the duration of his absence is still uncertain.

As for Thomas Partey, the midfielder suffered a thigh injury during training before Arsenal trip to Sevilla last month, according to information from football.london. Additionally, Gabriel Jesus is unavailable due to a hamstring injury and will spend some time on the sidelines. Defender Jurrien Timber is a long-term absentee as well.

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