Arsenal team news update: Positive news on 4 players ahead of Man City trip

By on June 16, 2020

Football is finally back as Arsenal travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City on Wednesday night.  Here is the latest team news ahead of the game….

The enforced three-month break has given some Arsenal players time to overcome injuries and build-up their fitness so boss Mikel Arteta has almost a fully-fit squad to choose from for the City game.

Sead Kolasinac was set to miss the original match back in March due to an arm injury while Shkodran Mustafi was also ruled out of the trip to Manchester with a muscle problem but both players have overcome those issues and are available for selection tomorrow.

Lucas Torreira was expected to miss the rest of the 2019/20 campaign after suffering an ankle ligament injury during Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Portsmouth in the FA Cup on March 2nd.

However, the Uruguayan midfielder returned to training last month and, according to Football London, Torreira hasn’t suffered any set-backs so should be in contention to face Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Torreira’s return will be a big boost as he will provide Arteta with another useful option in midfield. The South American will battle with the likes of Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos and Matteo Guendouzi for a starting spot in the middle of the park.

Cedric Soares could also be in-line to make his long-awaited debut for Arsenal tomorrow after recovering from a facial injury that saw him ruled out of both friendlies against Charlton and Brentford recently.

Soares arrived on-loan from Southampton in January carrying an injury and didn’t feature before football was suspended so he’ll be hoping to make an impression during the final matches of the season to possibly earn a permanent move to north London.

However, with Hector Bellerin fully-fit and available for selection, I don’t see Soares starting against City so he’ll probably have to wait to make his debut for the club.

Arteta told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Monday that the squad was in good health so it doesn’t sound like we’ve got any fresh injuries to contend with heading to the Etihad.

That means Calum Chambers is Arsenal’s only long-term absentee with the defender still working his way back to fitness following a nasty knee ligament injury that he sustained against Chelsea in late December.

So the squad is in good shape as we prepare for the restart and Arsenal desperately need a positive result against City if we’re to claw our way back into contention for a European qualification place.