Arsenal receive Declan Rice injury boost as pundits torn over Premier League title hopes


Arsenal are aiming to get over their North London derby dissapointment with a domestic double-header this week. Drawing against Tottenham Hotspur was hardly ideal but Mikel Arteta's must brush that aside as the fixtures are coming thick and fast.

Firstly, Arsenal travel across the capital to take on Brentford in the Carabao Cup. The Bees have suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League but claiming a cup scalp could provide some solace to Thomas Frank and Co. Arsenal then face Bournemouth on the south coast aiming to get their title charge back on track.

Here are your Arsenal evening headlines for Tuesday, September 26, which includes an injury update on Declan Rice's back injury.

Rice injury boost

Arsenal have received a massive boost after it emerged that Rice's injury sustained against Tottenham Hotspur is not serious. The England international had to be withdrawn at half time during Sunday's North London Derby with what Mikel Arteta confirmed was a back problem.

"He had some discomfort in his back," Arteta said after the game. "He was telling us during the first half that he was uncomfortable. When we assessed him at half time he could not continue so we had to change him.”

Now though understands that after assessment it has emerged that Rice's injury is a minor one. The 24-year-old is still in discomfort and unlikely to be risked for Wednesday night's Carabao Cup clash with Brentford. He will be treated over the next few days though and could return to the squad for Saturday's Premier League trip to Bournemouth.

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Carra concern over PL title race

Jamie Carragher is concerned about Manchester City potentially running away with the Premier League title. Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher expressed his worry that City may be unstoppable and amass a huge points total.

“In terms of Liverpool challenging this season, I think they have started the season [well] and Jurgen Klopp is calling it Liverpool 2.0,” he said. “This is the start again after they fell off a cliff last season. I don’t think Liverpool are in a position right now to challenge Manchester City and win a title.

“That may come in a couple of years because Liverpool are rebuilding again. I do fear about the Premier League, I could see Man City winning it by 10 points.”

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Parlour disagrees with Carra

Ray Parlour disagrees, and has insisted Arsenal have “every chance” of winning the Premier League title this season.

“I think Arsenal have every chance,” the three-time Premier League winner said. “Last year they came close, but there were a couple of bad mistakes from an Arsenal point of view. The West Ham game, 2-0 up, and ended up drawing. Liverpool, 2-0 up…

“They’ve just got to see games out a little bit more. But Fulham was similar this season if I'm being honest. 2-1 up with 10 men, and they conceded, and that could be two big points. Every point is so important in the Premier League.

“I played against Man United teams that didn’t drop points regularly. You’ve always got to keep putting pressure on the opposition. I certainly think they have the squad for it.”

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