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Mikel Arteta delivers update on Gabriel and Ben White injuries ahead of Newcastle vs Arsenal

by REPUBLIKA ONLINE
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Arsenal are desperate to clinch a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League and can do so by winning their last two Premier League fixtures.

North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are just a point behind the Gunners in fifth after defeating the Gunners 3-0 on Thursday evening.

Mikel Arteta and Co travel to St. James’ Park on Monday night before hosting Everton at the Emirates Stadium next Sunday.

While Bukayo Saka has returned from injury ahead of the final set of fixtures, Arsenal boss Arteta still has a number of injuries to key players. With that in mind, football.london has taken a look at all of the fitness issues the Spaniard has to deal with.

Gabriel Magalhaes

Gabriel Magalhaes was substituted in the second half of the against Tottenham after appearing to damage his hamstring. He fell to the floor and clutched his upper leg.

Rob Holding was sent off earlier in the match, meaning that the Gunners finished the game with no central defenders on the pitch.

Ben White was not introduced after missing the last two matches with injury.

Speaking on the Brazilian’s situation in the post-match interview with Sky Sports, Arteta said:

“He felt something so hopefully Ben is fit and Gabriel too otherwise we don’t have too many players available in the backline.”

“It’s a muscular injury,” the Spaniard added.

Expected return date: Newcastle United (A) – May 16

Ben White

White has been instrumental for Arteta’s side since he signed from Brighton for £50million last summer.

The England international offers a calming presence alongside the more physically dominant Magalhaes, with the two centre-backs forming a solid partnership at the back.

However, White has been sidelined in recent weeks, missing the 2-1 wins against West Ham United and Leeds United due to a hamstring strain.

He was also left out of the north London derby when Gabriel was pulled from proceedings.

Speaking about the 24-year-old’s fitness in his post-match interview with Sky Sports, Arteta said: “To take a risk in the situation of the game, it was not worth it. Now, we focus on Newcastle – hopefully Ben is fit.”

Expected return date: Newcastle United (A) – May 16

Thomas Partey

Thomas Partey has been out of action with a thigh injury since last month’s 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

The Ghanaian international was not fit enough to play against Tottenham but the 28-year-old has been taking part in individual training sessions each day with the target of being back in the first team squad within the “next few weeks”.

A source told football.london that the current best-case scenario for Partey would be for the tough-tackling midfielder to return for the final game of the season against Everton later this month.

Still, the Gunners’ medical staff are keen not to rush him back and complicate his recovery.

Expected return date: Everton (H) – May 22

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