Arsenal have been handed a triple injury boost ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Leicester.
Mikel Arteta’s side began brightly with a 2-0 win away at London rivals Crystal Palace in the curtain-raiser last Friday night. They achieved the impressive win despite missing a clutch of senior stars.
- The Gunners beat Crystal Palace 2-0 last Friday in the season’s curtain-raiser.
But in a major boost ahead of their first home game of the campaign, the trio of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Fabio Vieira and Emile Smith Rowe have all resumed training.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, Fabio Vieira and Emile Smith Rowe RETURN from injury.
Emile Smith Rowe was already expected to miss the trip to Selhurst Park last week due to a groin injury, while Vieira has been dealing with foot and ankle injuries since arriving at the club from Porto earlier this summer.
The Portuguese playmaker is therefore yet to make his debut for Arsenal but could do against the Foxes this weekend, with any minutes likely to come from the bench.
Meanwhile, Tomiyasu was a frequent occupant of the treatment room last season, but he returned to play 45 minutes for the Under-21s in their 3-1 win over Manchester United at the weekend.
In Tomiyasu’s absence, Ben White filled in at right-back against Crystal Palace, with William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes pairing up in the heart of the backline.
Saturday’s visit of Brendan Rodgers’ side may now well see them involved although Arteta may be reticent to change a winning side.
Youri Tielemans dilemma
There was a time this summer when it looked like Youri Tielemans would be playing for Arsenal and not Leicester this Saturday.
The Gunners have been tracking Tielemans since January, holding preliminary talks with his agent then and sparking a belief that a summer move would follow.
The midfielder is into the final 12 months of his contract and, with Leicester aware he currently has no plans to sign an extension, they are reluctantly open to letting him go for a fee in the region of £25million.
So far, however, Arsenal are yet to make a formal offer for the Belgium international and this weekend they will get the chance to see first-hand what they are missing out on.
According to recent reports via Standard Evenin, There’s been some concern whether to sign Tielemans this summer or wait until the next season to snap him on a free transfer.
Verdict on Arsenal Tielemans’ stance.
Some will argue Arsenal could just wait and snap up Tielemans for free, but the competition for his signature then would be fierce.
Arsenal do not really have a player in that mould in their current squad, a metronomic playmaker who can dictate play from deep, and like all of Arsenal’s signings this summer, Tielemans would give Arteta depth and options.
Arsenal would be signing a player who is coming into his prime. He is a proven Premier League performer, while he has excelled on the international stage, too, and the fact he is available for around £25m makes him good value to add to the current depth this season.