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Mikel Arteta issues Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe And Jesus Injury Updates Ahead of Newcastle Clash



Mikel Arteta issues Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe And Jesus Injury Updates Ahead of Newcastle Clash

Mikel Arteta has confirmed Martin Odegaard is fit to start for Arsenal against Newcastle, but Gabriel Jesus and Emile Smith Rowe are both out for weeks to come ahead of their upcoming clash against Newcastle United later today.

Confirming the squad status, Arteta stated that Martin Odegaard is fully fit and prepared to feature from the opening whistle against Newcastle.

Odegaard has been strategically rested in recent fixtures, having served as an unused substitute in the team’s convincing 5-0 victory over Sheffield United in the previous Premier League encounter.


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Additionally, he made a cameo appearance off the bench during Arsenal’s midweek Carabao Cup fixture against West Ham.

However, the news isn’t entirely positive for the Gunners, as Arteta disclosed that both Gabriel Jesus and Emile Smith Rowe are set to face weeks on the sidelines due to injuries.


“Yeah we have tried to offload him a little bit because he had a little issue that he was dealing with,’ the Spaniard told a press conference on Friday.

‘He’s done much better the last few days, we gave him a few minutes against West Ham, it was good to see and his contribution was really good. He will train today, he’s fine and he will be ready.’

It is less good news about Smith Rowe and Jesus, though, who are both set for a significant period on the sidelines.


The Englishman has a knee problem and the Brazilian a thigh issue, and neither will be back in the coming days.

On Smith Rowe, Arteta said: ‘Nothing has changed, [Smith Rowe] will be out for weeks. How many will be determined by how he progresses in the first few weeks especially.

‘Big blow because he was getting some momentum and some minutes, unfortunately he is going to be out again.’


On whether Jesus could be back before the next international break, he added: ‘I cannot guarantee that. I said it will be weeks.’

Thomas Partey also remains sidelined, as does Jurrien Timber who is expected to miss the majority of the season.

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The absence of these key players is undoubtedly a setback for Arsenal, adding a layer of challenge as they navigate the demanding fixtures ahead.

As Arsenal fans eagerly anticipate their team’s performance against Newcastle, Arteta’s updates provide crucial insights into the squad dynamics.

Odegaard’s availability offers a glimmer of hope, while the absence of Jesus and Smith Rowe underscores the importance of depth and resilience within the squad.


The spotlight now shifts to how Arteta will strategize and deploy his available resources, with supporters on the edge of their seats, anticipating the team’s response to these challenges on the football pitch.

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