Mikel Arteta provides update on Odegaard and Tomiyasu as fears over Arsenal injury numbers mount


Mikel Arteta has provided the latest on Arsenal's injury situation as the number of players on the Gunners' treatment table continues to rise. Arsenal went into Wednesday night's clash with Sevilla missing a host of first team players, but were still able to come away with a comfortable 2-0 victory.

Arteta's side dominated for almost the entirety of the first half at the Emirates and were eventually rewarded with a goal when Leandro Trossard tapped home on the half hour mark. This continued into the second period and after a host of decent chances Bukayo Saka made the game safe with a well taken finish.

Saka would limp off late on in the game though after appearing to land awkwardly when jumping for a header. The England international attempted to soldier on for a few minutes after initially receiving treatment on the injury, but was forced to come off just minutes later.

"It was just a kick and I was told by the physios on the radio he wasn't happy to continue," Arteta said of Saka's withdrawal in his post-match press conference. "So he will have some discomfort but hopefully I am going to assume he will be OK."

Saka was not the only player who had to come off with an injury concern. Takehiro Tomiyasu was replaced by Oleksandr Zinchenko at half time, and Arteta went on to confirm that this was an enforced change.

"He had some discomfort in the first half and we didn’t want to take any risks because he’s played a lot of minutes," he said. "Obviously with Alex (Zinchenko) on the bench ready to come in I think it was the right decision."

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As well as losing those two within the 90 minutes against Sevilla, Arteta also went into the match without Eddie Nketiah due to an ankle injury. Arsenal were also missing their captain Martin Odegaard who is understood not to have been fit enough to take part after also missing out on Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle. Arteta was at least hopeful that the pair could return for this weekend's Premier League clash with Burnley.

"They are racing against the clock to be fit," the Spaniard said. "They tried their best to be here today with us, it wasn't possible and we have another 48 hours before we play Burnley. We'll try again and see because we need players at the moment."

Arsenal are currently also without Gabriel Jesus, although there is some optimism that he could return soon from a hamstring injury. Thomas Partey however, is expected to be out for a while longer as he continues to recover from a muscle injury that he picked up a fortnight ago.

Emile Smith Rowe could also be out until December with a knee injury sustained against Sheffield United. Jurrien Timber meanwhile is a long term absentee bringing the number of players who were absent for the win over Sevilla up to six.

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