Mikel Arteta provides fresh injury update on Ramsdale and Ødegaard ahead of Manchester United game

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hoping to have his captain and goalkeeper back for the trip to Manchester.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he will give both Aaron Ramsdale and captain  Martin Ødegaard the chance to recover fully ahead of the trip to Manchester United this weekend.

The Gunners will put their unbeaten start to the season on the line when they travel to a resurgent Manchester United side this weekend. Erik ten Hag’s side have won their last Premier League games.

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Martin Odegaard of Arsenal interacts with Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal during the Premier League  (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)Martin Odegaard of Arsenal interacts with Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal during the Premier League  (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)
Martin Odegaard of Arsenal interacts with Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal during the Premier League (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images) | Getty Images

The Gunners came from behind to beat Fulham over the weekend  before seeing off the challenge of Aston Villa in midweek to remain the only side to have won all their opening five games of the season.

The win against Villa brought its own challenges though with knocks to goalkeeper Ramsdale and captain Ødegaard.

They were already missing summer signing Alex Zinchenko and midfield power house Thomas Partey to injury.

Arteta confirmed his captain and goalkeeper were on their way back even though Zinchenko still needs time.

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He told reporters: “ Those two they’ve been assessed. We will see more tomorrow. Hopefully they’ll be available to train with the team.

“Unfortunately with Alex, he’s missed two games and still hasn’t been able to train with the team yet.”

The latest injury to Thomas Partey has left Arsenal light in midfield and they tried without success to bring in Douglas Luiz from Villa on transfer deadline day.

Arteta revealed they tried to solve an issue in the transfer market without success- but was confident they had enough in tank to keep going.

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He added: “ We had a lot of things still to do in the squad. You see the amount of departures compared to the recruitment and again the club has done a phenomenal job and put everything on the table to try to bring in players and profile that we wanted.

“We did the business pretty early, but unfortunately in the last 72 hours Thomas [Partey] got injured in the same place as last time and then Mo[hamed Elneny] had a long-term injury and we had to react in the market.

“We tried and at the end of the day we have to bring in the players we feel are right for the team and the club, but we didn’t manage to do that.”

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