Arteta gives major Injury update as Saliba prepares for fight

Following a difficult start to the 2021-22 season, Arsenal has fallen into a routine in recent weeks.

The Gunners have an opportunity to end the international break on a high as well, as they host Watford on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.

The club put up a strong showing against Leicester City last time out, winning courtesy to goals from Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe, as well as a brilliant effort from Aaron Ramsdale in goal.

It means that the atmosphere in north London is good, and with so many excellent young players settling in under Mikel Arteta, there’s no reason why the Gunners’ enthusiasm can’t continue to grow.

Here’s the latest on Arsenal before of their match against Watford, including some encouraging injury news.

The date for Xhaka’s comeback has been established.

Granit Xhaka is expected to return to full training in the new year, according to Arsenal.

In the team’s 3-1 triumph against Tottenham Hotspur in late September, the Swiss international sustained medial ligament injury. The 29-year-old was supposed to be sidelined for three months due to the problem.

However, according to the Gunners’ injury bulletin, Xhaka may be out for a little longer than planned, with his projected return to full training scheduled for “early in the New Year.”

“Granit is making excellent progress in the early phases of his recuperation,” the statement continues.

Saliba hopes to compete for a starting place with the Gunners.

Saliba is ready to compete for his position at Arsenal next season, according to The Telegraph, after impressing on loan with Marseille this season.

The France youth international was sent to the Ligue 1 club in the summer to guarantee he would get regular minutes this season, and he has been praised for a streak of impressive performances.

While Arsenal’s present combo of Ben White and Gabriel is prospering, Saliba is certainly a highly interesting prospect out on loan who seems to be growing in his determination to make an impression in the Premier League.

Emile Smith Rowe “gutted” by England omission

Arteta has revealed that the club’s teenage midfielder Emile Smith Rowe was “gutted” when he was left out of the last England team.

Smith Rowe has been a standout for Arsenal in recent weeks, and has been at the heart of some of the team’s brilliant offensive play.

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