KEY POINTS

  • Arsenal encounters big problems ahead of match up with Manchester United
  • Mikel Arteta is sweating over the availability of four key players due to injury
  • Arteta hopes to have his players back soon

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is in a tough predicament ahead of the club's clash against Manchester United in the English Premier League on Saturday.

The Spanish mentor's vital cogs such as Thomas Partey, Kieran Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be sitting out due to suspected injuries.

The quartet has been influential in helping the Gunners record five key victories in their last six outings in the tourney, which helped him improve their position in the standings to the ninth spot with a record of 9-8-3.

Partey and Smith Rowe had a minimal role to play in Arsenal's last two matches against Southampton, while Tierney hasn't been seen in Gunners uniform for both of those regulations.

Arteta crosses his fingers that Partey will be given the clearance to suit up in their upcoming game at the Emirates Stadium.

"We don't know, we don't know," Arteta said about Partey’s latest injury, as quoted on Arsenal’s official site. “He was feeling some discomfort and hopefully it's nothing, but he was struggling.”

Smith Rowe, on the other hand, missed the FA Cup game against Southampton on Saturday with an injury. But he returned to the starting lineup for the Premier League duel against the same team.

The young Englishman left the pitch with Partay in the second half with a supposed muscular injury, which is yet to be assessed.

“He was injured for the game in the FA Cup so he wasn't available. We knew that he probably could not play the whole game today. He has some muscular discomfort so he had to come off again,” the Gunners manager said.

Meanwhile, Tierney’s injury also remains a mystery, with Arteta unsure when the Scottish left-back will return after sitting out the last two games.

“I don't know. He wasn't available against Southampton in the FA Cup, he was injured. He's still injured today. Let's see how he progresses for the game against Man United,” Arteta bared.

The other Gunner on the injury list is Aubameyang, who has been absent for the last two fixtures due to personal matters.

Arteta cannot give a definite date when Aubameyang will be seen on the field with his fellow Gunners. But for now, the coach assures the team captain of their understanding and support.

“No, [there's no update,] but I love how they support each other and how they protect each other," he bared. "Auba is having a difficult time. We are all behind him and this win is for him.”

The pressure mounted on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta after a 1-0 home defeat to Burnley The pressure mounted on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta after a 1-0 home defeat to Burnley Photo: POOL / Laurence Griffiths