Arsenal injury nesws as the Gunners prepare to take on Sevilla in a vital Champions League group stage game

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal squad is as close to being fully fit as it has been all season. After working with consistent niggles and setbacks throughout pre-season and the opening nine league games of this campaign there is now some wiggle room.

The 2-2 draw with Chelsea saw returns to the team for Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard as they dealt with minor setbacks and recovery over the international break. William Saliba was a minor doubt himself and Thomas Partey continued his own route back to match availability.

There were two weeks of queries and waiting for the team news on Saturday at 430 p.m., but nearly all worries were dispelled when it was revealed. The only notable absence from the team was Aaron Ramsdale, and that too had nothing to do with fitness.

Due to the birth of his child, the English goalkeeper was unable to play, so David Raya was able to keep the gloves and hold the top spot. Now that Raya is having trouble adjusting to life at the Emirates Stadium, it is unclear who will be chosen to play Sevilla in the Champions League.

Ramsdale is back in the mix to play. Prior to the match, on Monday, he was spotted rehearsing with his teammates at London Colney, and Arteta verified that he had made the trip and would be in the team. Raya is obviously the top pick right now, so it’s unclear if the former Sheffield United and Bournemouth goalkeeper will be chosen over his Spanish colleague.

It does, however, give the squad access to a higher level of competition. The group is as stacked and prepared as it can be, with very little to worry about when it comes to squad selection. Oleksandr Zinchenko was replaced at halftime against Chelsea, but he is still having trouble finishing games after recovering slowly from an injury sustained over the summer.

Though Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli are both healthy and ready to play, the attack is well-stocked, and Saka looks prepared to stick with the team after missing the international break and the Manchester City victory. The status of Fabio Vieira is the one unanswered question for Arteta.

The Portugal midfielder was unexpectedly left out of the squad against Chelsea, suggesting that his exclusion was a selection decision rather than an injury. According to, this is the case and the powerful group of replacements, which includes Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, Kai Havertz, and Trossard, has the advantage.

With Trossard, Hazard, and Nketiah all entering and contributing, it appears that the choice to exclude Vieira was

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