Arteta provides update on squad fitness | News – Arsenal.com

  • September 16, 2022

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Ahead of our Premier League clash against Brentford, Mikel Arteta provided updates on several key players’ fitness.
The boss informed the press that no squad decisions will be made before tomorrow, as “one or two players can be considered for training and selection”.
“Whoever will have to be ruled out, that is going to be tomorrow. We have those 24 hours to see,” he added. 
Meanwhile, Emile Smith Rowe remains a doubt for the next match, after experiencing some discomfort in the groin area. 
“It’s been an ongoing issue that Emile’s had,” Mikel said in the pre-Brentford press conference. “It’s something we are trying to assess and trying to help as much as possible because we need him fit, we need him available and we need him performing at the best level, because he’s such an important player for us.”
The Hale End graduate has yet to make a Premier League start for us this season, though he did feature as a second-half substitute in our last game against Manchester United.
Despite speculation that Ben White’s fitness is the reason why he was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad, Arteta confirmed that White is not carrying any injuries.
As for Alex Zinchenko, who missed our matches against Aston Villa and Fulham, Arteta has not yet ruled him out for this weekend: “Again, we have to wait until tomorrow to make that decision.
“What we have decided to do for the international break, doesn’t mean that we are going to say the same for the weekend, so it’s something we will address tomorrow.”
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So far this season, Ben White has started every Premier League game at right back, playing a huge part in our table-topping start to the campaign.
The 24-year-old formed an impressive central defensive partnership with Gabriel last season, but has shown his versatility this term following William Saliba’s emergence at centre back.
Speaking ahead of our trip to Brentford on Sunday, Mikel Arteta said he was in conversation with the England international before changing his role, and is delighted with how he’s reacted.
“Obviously we talk, because when you are thinking about doing something to maximise the resources you have in the squad to play the way we want to play, you have to have certainty that the player is happy to do so, and feels capable to do that.
“If not, it is just a waste of time,” he added.
“So it has to go both ways, I have those discussions with Ben, he’s always been very open. I think he’s really enjoying playing in that position, that’s why he’s been doing so well.
“I think it’s great for him, at his age, to be involved in other positions.”
Takehiro Tomiyasu made his first start of the season on Thursday, and the boss said his flexibility is also a huge positive for the squad.
“Both can play as central defenders as well,” he said in the pre-match press conference.
“Tomi has been playing left centre back for his national team Japan. When you look at the games, he can play as a left back too, because you cannot tell me if he’s a left or right-footed player.
“So we have the options there, and we have to utilise them in the best possible way. Especially with the number of minutes we are going to have in the next few weeks, and it’s great that players are comfortable doing more than one position.” 
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