Team news: Arteta reveals potential returnees and absentees ahead of Saturday’s clash against Norwich

The premier league returns this weekend and Arsenal would be hoping to get their first win and first points of the season when they host Norwich at the Emirates on Saturday.

Arsenal have started the season without some of their key players with Thomas Partey notably absent from all 4 games they’ve played in all competitions this season.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and striker Lacazette were among the pre international break returnees having missed the first couple of games due to Covid-19 and injury.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta held a press conference earlier today and he has revealed the team news ahead of the vital clash against Norwich.

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There’s good news for Arsenal fans with Thomas Partey, Gabriel, and Ben White all fit to feature on Saturday.

Young midfielder Emile Smith Rowe fell ill while on international duty for the England U-21s earlier this week. Though, he might feature as nothing was mentioned about the Englishman during Arteta’s presser.

Another player who remains a doubt is Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga who according to national team manager Roberto Martinez had a small issue while playing for his country. Nothing has been said by Arteta on Lokonga though and it still remains unclear whether he’s 100% fit or not.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has confirmed that latest signing, Takehiro Tomiyasu is in England and has started training with the team. Though, Arsenal are still working on a work permit for the Japanese but they are optimistic everything would be cleared and sorted out in time for the defender to feature on Saturday.

The confirmed absentees are Granit Xhaka and Mohammed Elneny. Xhaka picked up a red card in the Gunners’ last outing vs Man City and is obviously suspended and Arteta has further confirmed that the player would be remaining in Switzerland for now after contracting Covid-19 on international duty. Elneny is meanwhile unavailable due to a hamstring strain.