Arsenal are set to play Burnley at the Emirates on Sunday evening, looking to break the run of three Premier League home defeats on the trot with 2,000 fans behind them, present in the stadium for the first time since the spring lockdown. The need for a good result has become dire with the Gunners sitting in 15th place at the moment. Manager Mikel Arteta has delivered some updates on the players who have recently been injured and whose involvement in this match was uncertain.
“Martinelli played his 45 minutes for a long time and came through OK and has trained, ” Arteta told the Premier League Productions, referring to the young forward staring a Papa John’s Trophy game for the Under-23 side on Tuesday. The Brazilian only played 45 minutes, but the boss was adamant that his withdrawal at halftime was a pure precaution.
David Luiz remains a doubt at this point. The experienced defender clashed heads with Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez and suffered a gash in his forehead which wouldn’t heal in time for him to play in the North-London Derby last week, and he’s still being assessed ahead of the Clarets’ visit.
Arsenal’s star signing of the summer, midfielder Thomas Partey had to leave the pitch during the Spurs defeat and Arteta has confirmed it is a recurrence of the problem he previously picked up against Aston Villa. Therefore, he won’t be included in the team on Sunday, and the duration of his latest absence is yet to be discovered.
“Thomas is out for a few games,” said Arteta.
“It is the same area where he got injured previously and we will have to see how long it takes to heal.”
Apart from Burnley on Sunday, Arsenal play Southampton at home, Everton at Goodison Park, Manchester City at home (Carabao Cup), Chelsea at home and Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex, all this very month.
You can back the Gunners to beat Burnley at 8/15 on Sunday.