Mikel Arteta issues update on key Arsenal pair ahead of Chelsea clash

Mikel Arteta updates Arsenal's two main players ahead of Chelsea clash

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that both Takehiro Tomiasu and Alexandre Lacazette will be assessed on Tuesday before facing Chelsea on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, where it is possible that both will be offered.

Tomiyasu was expected to return to training after the Southampton defeat, after three months on the sidelines with various groin injuries, and the Gunners boss claimed the Japan defender is “very close” to a return but the match against the Blues could have come too early.

Mikel Arteta updates Arsenal's two main players ahead of Chelsea clash

Tomiyasu’s last appearance for Arsenal came during their Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on January 20. (Photo by Mark Atkins/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette missed out on defeat against Southampton after testing positive for COVID-19, for the second time this season, and as Tomiyasu continues and goes on the journey through the capital. His fitness will be assessed after Tuesday’s training session.

Arsenal in a must-win area?

Three defeats on jumping sides at the center of the table left Arsenal desperate to make up ground in the race to finish fourth in the Premier League, and qualify for next season’s Champions League as a result.

A win over Chelsea and then the result against Manchester United in the Emirates on Saturday would go a long way to reversing some of the damage done, not least because the confrontation with the Blues represents their postponed match against their north London rivals Tottenham, the current defending champion. from fourth place.

However, defeats in either or both games could leave Arsenal out of the fray entirely, especially if Tottenham manage to put together any sort of shape ahead of the rescheduled north London derby in the penultimate week of the season.

He’s made it to part or break the season for every aspect, and Mikel Arteta’s team is no exception.

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Premier League table

# a team deputy Dr s
1 Manchester 31 52 74
2 Liverpool FC 31 57 73
3 Chelsea Football Club 30 41 62
4 Tottenham Hotspur 32 18 57
5 Manchester United 32 8 54
6 Arsenal 31 8 54
7 West Ham United team 33 9 52
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 5 49
9 Leicester City 30 -4 40
10 Brighton and Hove Albion 32 -8 40
11 Brentford 33 -8 39
12 Southampton 32 -14 39
13 Crystal Palace 31 3 37
14 Newcastle United 32 -19 37
15th Aston Villa 31 -4 36
16 Leeds United 32 -30 33
17 Everton 30 -19 28
18 Burnley 31 -19 25
19 Watford 32 -32 22
20 Norwich City 32 -44 21
player a team Objectives
Salah Mohammed Liverpool FC 20
son, hyung min Tottenham Hotspur 17
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 15th
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15th
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Tony, Evan Brentford 12
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester 11
Zaha, Wilfred Crystal Palace 11
Mason mountain Chelsea Football Club 10
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford 10
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester 10
Bucky, Timo Norwich City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester 10
Ravenha Leeds United 10
Vardy, Jimmy Leicester City 10
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United team 9
Fernandez, Bruno Manchester United 9
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal 9
Smith Roe, Emil Arsenal 9