For Saturday’s match against Brentford, Arsenal may have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, a defender for Arsenal, has been out with a calf injury, but manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that he is back in training.
“We’re all fine.” “The doubt was Tomiyasu, who is still not 100%, but he has trained the last few days and is in contention, so that’s really encouraging,” the Spaniard said.
It’s unclear whether Arteta will rush Tomiyasu, who hasn’t played in over a month, back into the lineup, but if he is still questionable, there is no reason to rush him back after Cedric Soares’s best performance of the season at Molineux.
Smith, Emile Rowe is expected to start on the left flank in place of Gabriel Martinelli, but Mikel Arteta is known for pulling a few tricks out of his sleeve and could see this as an opportunity to bring in Nicolas Pepe, who would at least bring the same level of directness to the team that Martinelli does.
The Brazilian has been suspended after being sent off in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Wolves last week.
Bernd Leno, the goalkeeper, has recovered from Covid-19 and will rejoin the squad this week.
Arsenal predicted XI:
Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Pepe; Lacazette.
Arsenal available squad:
Leno, Ramsdale, Okonkwo; Cedric, Gabriel, Holding, Tavares, Tierney, Tomiyasu, White; Elneny, Lokonga, Odegaard, Patino, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe, Xhaka; Lacazette, Nketiah and Pepe.