Mikel Arteta reveals the extent of Arsenal’s midfield nightmare after Douglas Luiz’s late pursuit

Published: 2:02 p.m. BST, 2 September 2022 | Updated: 2:24 p.m. BST, 2 September 2022

Arsenal have multiple injury problems as they travel to Manchester United and are looking to go six against six in the Premier League this season, including whether Aaron Ramsdale or Martin Odegaard are fit.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is set to miss the trip to Old Trafford as he hasn’t trained with the squad, but Mikel Arteta will hope Ramsdale and Odegaard can train on Saturday.

“They have been rated (Odegaard, Ramsdale),” Arteta said. ‘We’ll see. I hope they will be available to train with the team.

Mikel Arteta has admitted his Arsenal side are currently facing an injury crisis in midfield

Mohamed Elneny should be absent for several months

Thomas Partey will be missing for a few more weeks

Thomas Partey will be missing for a few more weeks

Midfielders Mohamed Elneny (left) and Thomas Partey (right) are both injured

‘Unfortunately, Alex hasn’t been able to train with the team yet. After missing two games and not being able to train with the team, unfortunately this is the situation we have.

On Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey, he added: “With Mo, we are talking about months. With Thomas, weeks, and even less than that I hope.

Their midfield injury problems are why Arteta was disappointed not to snap up Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa, despite their final offer of £25million late on deadline day.

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard suffered a knock in the Gunners' win over Aston Villa

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard suffered a knock in the Gunners' win over Aston Villa

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard suffered a knock in the Gunners’ win over Aston Villa

Aston Villa rejected three offers from Arsenal for midfielder Douglas Luiz on deadline day

Aston Villa rejected three offers from Arsenal for midfielder Douglas Luiz on deadline day

Aston Villa rejected three offers from Arsenal for midfielder Douglas Luiz on deadline day

“We still had a lot to do in the team,” Arteta said. “The club did a phenomenal job of bringing in the players we wanted. Unfortunately in the last 72 hours, Thomas and Mo got injured and we had to react in the market.

“We tried and at the end of the day we have to bring in players who we think are right, but we didn’t succeed.”

Despite their injuries, Arteta spoke of Old Trafford having no fear factor as the manager insisted Arsenal could win there on Sunday.

Asked about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who signed for Chelsea on deadline day, Arteta was respectful but unwilling to discuss the striker he previously sold.

. Mikel Arteta reveals extent Arsenals midfield nightmare Douglas Luizs late pursuit

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