Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is in desperate need of a victory against Burnley this weekend, having failed to claim three points in the Premier League since their 1-0 win away at Manchester United on November 1.
They will be without Nicolas Pepe at The Emirates, nevertheless, as the £72million star is set to serve the last of a three-match suspension following his red card in last month’s 0-0 draw away at Leeds.
The north London outfit are also sweating over the fitness of David Luiz, who was involved in a sickening head clash with Raul Jimenez during their recent 2-1 defeat at home to Wolves.
Arsenal have confirmed he will continue to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Burnley having followed all concussion protocols.
One man who definitely won’t be fit in time is Thomas Partey, having aggravated the same thigh injury that kept him out of action for just under a month in the loss at Spurs.
However, in a more positive injury update for Arteta, it may not be long until Gabriel Martinelli makes his long-awaited return from the knee injury which has kept him out of action since June.
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