Arsenal have been dealt a blow with Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey having been ruled out of the club’s clash with Leeds at the Emirates this weekend.
Both players have been struggling with injury of late and Partey limped off during the 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa last weekend with a hamstring injury, the summer signing having endured a frustrating debut campaign for the north London side since arriving from Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal have confirmed that the Ghana international will not be fit to return for the visit of Leeds, whilst the game will also come too soon for Kieran Tierney as he recovers from a discomfort in his ‘right lower leg’ with the defender targeting a return to training next week.
Mikel Arteta’s side currently sit 11th in the Premier League and head into the contest on the back of successive league losses, though will be boosted by the returns of David Luiz and Bernd Leno from suspension after both players were sent off in the defeat at Wolves last month.
Martin Odegaard could also make his first start since signing on loan from Real Madrid in January, the Norway international having so far made each of his two Premier League appearances from the substitutes’ bench.
The Gunners host Leeds on Sunday afternoon before a defining period in the club’s season, travelling to face Benfica in the first leg of a Europa League double-header on Thursday before a meeting with league leaders Manchester City next weekend.