Arsenal v Burnley injury news with 7 out and 3 doubts, Bukayo Saka latest
Arsenal look to bounce back from Premier League defeat at Newcastle United with the visit of Burnley to the Emirates Stadium.
The games continue to come thick and fast for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal with a comfortable midweek win over Sevilla to be followed by the visit of Burnley to the Emirates Stadium.
The Clarets, managed by Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany, sit 19th in the Premier League with just one win to their name this term. The team were beaten 2-0 at home by Crystal Palace last weekend.
Despite his opponent's recent form, Arteta will be wary of Kompany from Manchester City days and keen to avoid a potential banana skin in front of a home crowd.
Arsenal team news after Bukayo Saka subbed off vs Sevilla
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is sweating over the fitness of key star Bukayo Saka ahead of this weekend's meeting with Burnley. The forward is nursing a knock but the Spaniard does 'believe that he will be ok'.
The Arsenal manager explained: “It was just a kick and I was told by the physios on the radio that he wasn’t happy to continue so he will have some discomfort but hopefully, I want to assume that he will be ok.”
There are also question marks over midfielder Martin Odegaard who is battling a hip injury and forward Eddie Nketiah who also has a knock. The duo missed out on midweek action against Sevilla and are in a 'race against the clock' to be fit for this weekend's Premier League action.
The Gunners will certainly be without defender Jurrien Timber who is a long-term injury absentee with a knee injury sustained in the first fixture of the campaign. Gabriel Jesus should return next month but the visit of Burnley comes too soon for his hamstring injury. Thomas Partey and Emilie Smith-Rowe are also out injured with return dates not yet known.
Burnley supporting talisman with mental health
Burnely will be without top scorer Lyle Foster this weekend as he is given time away from first-time duty due to a mental health issue.
Clarets boss Vincent Kompany this week explained: "Lyle has been having issues with his mental well-being and as a club, we've very quickly and naturally made the decision to support him and his family, offer him access to all the expertise and clinical support he needs. We are wishing him a speedy recovery and to be in a better place when he comes back to us."
Defender Hjalmar Ekdal is in contention for a return having played with the under-21 side this week as he works back to fitness from a knee injury. Midfielder Manuel Benson also featured in that game so could travel to Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey and Michael Obafemi are set to miss out but Josh Cullen returns from a ban for amassing five yellow cars.