The Gunners suffered what looks to be the killing blow to their Champions League hopes this season with a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle on Monday, as their top four chances look to be over
Arsenal head into their final game of the season on Sunday on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Monday in what has all but ended their chances of finishing in the Premier League ’s top four this season.
Mikel Arteta’s young squad have shown improvements this season but have been hit hard by the injuries to Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey in recent months, while the Spaniard has seen one of his defenders forced onto the sidelines this week yet again.
Here is all you need to know about the current state of play at the Emirates Stadium and the expected return dates for those out injured.
Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has only just recently returned to the Arsenal squad within the past month after a lengthy lay-off with a calf injury, but now he looks as though he will miss out on his side’s final game of the season on Sunday with yet another injury.
Tomiyasu lasted just 39 minutes of the defeat at Newcastle on Monday night after picking up a thigh injury during the St. James’ Park contest and had to be substituted as a result, and there are now serious doubts over whether or not he will recover in time for this weekend.
In his post-match press conference following the Newcastle defeat earlier this week, Arteta said: “We don’t know, we will have to assess him, but he felt a muscular issue, and we had to replace him unfortunately.”
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Midfielder Thomas Partey continues to recover from a “significant” thigh injury that he sustained during the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on April 4, in which he has subsequently missed every single one of Arsenal’s fixtures since.
Arteta had previously suggested that there could be a small chance that Partey may be able to return before the end of the season, with the Sunday’s game against Everton the target, but following further assessment, it seems as though there will be no chance of him returning to action before the end of the campaign
On April 29, Arteta said: “He’s progressing but he had a significant injury so we don’t expect him to make progress quickly enough to see him again this season.”
Kieran Tierney’s injury has been a huge blow for Arsenal and the first choice left-back looks as though his club season is over following the news that he will require knee surgery after feeling some discomfort following a training session.
The Scotland international has been ruled out of Arsenal’s last six fixtures and it was clear that they missed him after the first three of those ended in defeat. Tierney will now focus on regaining fitness ahead of Scotland’s World Cup play-offs in June.
Speaking on April 5, Arteta said: “Kieran felt discomfort after a training session on Thurs. A specialist consultation took place, and as a result of further discussions, it has been decided that he requires [knee] surgery.”