Five first-team players are currently in question for the match that will take place on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners’ most recent victory, which they achieved by defeating Nottingham Forest by a score of 2-1, brought them to within two points of Liverpool, who expanded their lead by defeating Chelsea by a score of 4-1.
Arsenal would be able to retake the second slot ahead of Manchester City if they were to win on Sunday. This would bring them within two points of Liverpool so that they could reclaim the position.
Concerns were raised about the physical condition of important players such as Declan Rice, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Gabriel Jesus in the days leading up to the match versus Forest.
In spite of this, all three of them were able to triumph over their fitness concerns and play a significant part in the victory that was so important.
Jesus, who scored against Forest and was later substituted in the 78th minute, was the subject of Arteta’s pre-match press conference, during which he offered updates on the injury status of Jesus.
There are persistent concerns surrounding Thomas Partey, who has been absent for several weeks owing to a thigh injury received in October.
While Arsenal receives great news regarding the return of some players, there are ongoing difficulties regarding Thomas Partey.
Fabio Vieira, who had surgery on his groin in November, took part in some mild warm-ups at the winter camp in Dubai, which is a hint that he will be returning soon.
The injury to Jurrien Timber’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that he sustained earlier in the season is healing.
Following their defeat to Iran in the quarterfinals, it is anticipated that Takehiro Tomiyasu, who is now representing Japan in the Asian Cup, will return to the team.
In addition, Mohamed Elneny might be available after Egypt was eliminated from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
This would provide Arteta with potential reinforcements for the critically important match against Liverpool.