OFFICIAL: As Arsenal Signs A Two Time World Cup Winner
As Mikel Arteta’s difficulties worsen, Arsenal will have to wait for the fitness of three crucial players ahead of their must-win match against Norwich.
After Mohamed Elneny suffered an injury, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is facing an injury dilemma ahead of their next encounter against Norwich City.
Egypt has called up the defensive midfielder for international duty ahead of their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Gabon on Sunday.
Despite the fact that the Gunners informed the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) that he had had a muscle injury before to joining the squad, he was still included in the squad.
Elneny was forced to miss the Pharaohs’ first match against Angola due to obligatory coronavirus regulations for arrivals from red-listed nations.
He will now miss the chance to play against his Arsenal teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Franceville.
Arsenal called the national team’s medical staff to advise them of the midfielder’s muscular issue, according to a statement released via the EFA’s official Twitter account.
While earlier reports said Elneny was injured during Arsenal’s behind-closed-doors friendly win over Brentford, the EFA claims Arsenal informed them that Elneny was injured while training.
Elneny was substituted in the 33rd minute of Wednesday’s 4-0 win, while football.london reports that the substitution was only precautionary.
After spending the 2019-20 season on loan at Besiktas, the 29-year-old had been linked with a return to Arsenal.
Turkish Super Lig clubs can still sign players because the transfer window in Turkey hasn’t closed yet.
Elneny’s injury, on the other hand, is likely to delay his departure from north London until at least January.
Arteta will be disappointed by the news, as he has been short-handed this season due to injuries and bans.
Granit Xhaka has been suspended following his red card against Manchester City, while Thomas Partey, a Ghanaian midfielder, is still recovering from an ankle injury.
Eddie Nketiah has also been ruled out due to injury, having missed the season’s first game.
Ben White, a £50 million summer addition, has also been ruled out against Norwich, with Elneny also a doubt for the match at the Emirates Stadium.
It’s possible that a midfield partnership of Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard may be deployed against Norwich.
They have yet to score a goal in their first three games, losing 2-0 to Brentford and Chelsea.
Last week’s 5-0 hammering by Manchester City ensured that Arsenal’s dreadful start to the season is the worst in the club’s 118-year history.
They’ll play Norwich next, who have yet to pick up a point under Daniel Farke, in what has swiftly become a must-win game for Arteta’s side.