Mikel Arteta says Arsenal could see Alexander Zinchenko return from injury before the end of the season while William Saliba is unlikely to play in the next two games.
a report from athletic Claimed Arsenal’s defensive pairing will not be reunited for the rest of the campaign as the Gunners battle for the title with Man City, who have a one-point advantage with a game in hand.
But Arteta has said there is no confirmation on how long any player’s spell will last.
“With William it is certain that he will not be fit for this game and we are doubting him for the next game,” Arteta said ahead of Sunday’s trip to Brighton. sky game,
Asked if Zinchenko had kicked his last ball this season, Arteta said: “No.”
Reports emerged this week that Arsenal were close to agreeing contract extensions for Bukayo Saka and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Arteta was unwilling to give anything away in terms of talks, but had praised Ramsdale’s performances since his £30m move to Arsenal two years earlier from Sheffield United.
Asked about talks with Ramsdale, Arteta said: “At the moment there is nothing to announce.” “We will do this as a club as we always do. This is not the time to talk about it.
“We are very pleased with him, the way he has developed and the way he has performed, and the way he has been performing over the last few seasons is remarkable. is very important.”
Will Arsenal break their transfer record this summer?
As the transfer window rapidly approaches, rumors are swirling about Arsenal’s targets for the summer and Declan Rice has been one of the most mentioned names when it comes to the Gunners.
West Ham are said to be ready to part ways with the Champions League club for £120m for Rice with manager David Moyes on Friday admitting the Hammers are preparing for life without their captain.
But Arteta had his cards firmly to his chest when asked if Arsenal would be prepared to break their transfer record – £72m to buy Nicolas Pepe from Lille in 2019 – and this summer Spending over £100m on a single player.
“We are playing to win the title, we want to concentrate completely on that,” he added. “All those things are a distraction and we don’t want to be anywhere near that.”
Arsenal somewhat revived their title chances with an impressive 2-0 win at Newcastle last Sunday – a feat that many thought would be a far cry from Arteta’s side – but they are still Chasing City with three games to play.
The Gunners face another tough game on Sunday as seventh-placed Brighton hope to bounce back from a crushing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Everton at the Emirates.
Asked if the win at St James’ Park has given him new hope in the title race, Arteta said: “Every time you win, play well and feel you are competing at that level.” Which is required to win this league, it gives you hope.
“It is not in our hands but on Sunday we will need to be at our best. If we win that game we will be a little closer.”
PL Predictions: Arsenal will slump against Brighton
Sky Sports’ Lewis Jones:
There is a time and a place to invest in Brighton. Oh! That is the matter.
Roberto De Zerbi’s side may have dropped their standards a bit in the strange defeat to Everton, but the longer-term picture implies they have a more than competitive style of football for this trip to the title challengers.
Brighton’s recent record against Arsenal, Man City, Spurs, Man Utd, Newcastle, Chelsea and Liverpool is a simple way of building this argument.
In their last 18 matches in all competitions against those opponents, Brighton have won 10 of those fixtures, winning 31–22 on aggregate, while also winning the expected goals contest 24.74–22.30. It is an extraordinary set of results for a team outside the so-called elite.
They have won three of their last four visits to the Emirates Stadium in all competitions. And Arsenal remain vulnerable with their dogged chase of the title likely to end in disappointment.
At Newcastle they were brave and determined to stand up in a slumping environment, but they were lucky to emerge with a clean sheet with Toon scoring an expected 1.32-worth of goals, hitting the woodwork twice and Aaron Ramsdale was forced to concede five goals. Arsenal are still conceding 1.8 goals per game without William Saliba, and Brighton are very much capable of maintaining that average.
If there’s an early goal then we could have a Premier League classic here – and I’ll take Brighton on 11/10 with Sky Bet for a double chance (win or draw) Brighton win and also goal with over 3.5 A runner on 9/1.
Score Prediction: 2-3
Arsenal’s remaining fixtures
May 14: brighton (H) – Premier League, kick-off at 4.30 pm, Live sky game
May 20: nottingham forest (A) – Premier League, kick-off at 5.30 pm, Live sky game
May 28: wolves (H) – Premier League, kick-off at 4.30 pm