Arsenal Faces Injury Challenges Ahead of Premier League Clash

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Arsenal are contending with several injury concerns as they prepare for their Premier League match against Crystal Palace. Notably, Oleksandr Zinchenko, a key left-back, is doubtful due to a calf injury. His absence in the last two games has raised questions about Arsenal’s defensive tactics under Mikel Arteta.

Zinchenko’s uncertain return has put a spotlight on his crucial role in Arsenal’s defense. Despite efforts to regain fitness, there is no guarantee of his participation in the upcoming game. This situation has led Arteta to rely on alternative defensive strategies, potentially using center-back Jakub Kiwior in the left-back position.

Zinchenko’s Uncertain Return and Arsenal’s Defense

The calf injury of Oleksandr Zinchenko poses a significant dilemma for Arsenal’s defensive setup. His absence was notable in recent fixtures, and his role as a left-back is vital for the team’s balance.

Zinchenko’s recovery process is ongoing, but his availability for the Crystal Palace match remains doubtful. This uncertainty has led Arteta to consider Jakub Kiwior as a temporary replacement. This is particularly in light of Takehiro Tomiyasu‘s absence due to the Asian Cup.

The Ukrainian’s potential absence might lead to tactical adjustments by Arteta. He may need to maintain defensive stability against Crystal Palace’s attack.

Arsenal’s Broader Injury Concerns

Jurrien Timber’s knee injury recovery is showing positive signs, but Arsenal are cautious about rushing his return. His progress in training suggests a possible comeback soon, albeit with careful management.

There’s optimism around Gabriel Jesus, who has resumed training after missing the FA Cup defeat due to a knee issue. His return could provide a significant boost to Arsenal’s attack against Crystal Palace.

Thomas Partey‘s recovery from a thigh injury since October is progressing well, offering hope for midfield reinforcement. However, Fabio Vieira continues his recovery from groin surgery, with a few more weeks expected before his return.

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