Saka has been in superb form for Arsenal in recent months, but he’s an injury concern ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Palace after being forced to withdraw from the England camp after testing positive for covid.
According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal is hoping that Saka will be fit to play against Crystal Palace on Monday night, which would be a huge boost for Arteta.
Ramsdale was also forced to withdraw from England duties after suffering a hip injury against Liverpool on March 16th. Following that, the goalkeeper missed Arsenal’s win against Aston Villa, and Arteta revealed after the game at Villa Park two weeks ago that his No.1 would be out for a few weeks.
Ramsdale and Saka will be tested at London Colney in the coming days, but Arsenal worries the game will come too soon for their shot-stopper.
After maintaining a clean sheet in Arsenal’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Villa before the international break, Bernd Leno is ready to go in once more.
Leno also started in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford B at Arsenal’s training base this week, and it looks like he’ll be in goal against Palace on Monday night.
Japanese international Tomiyasu who hasn’t played for Arsenal since January owing to persistent calf problems, is the second injury issue for Arteta.
The right-back has been eased back into first-team training, although he was absent from yesterday’s friendly victory over Brentford. Arteta has stated multiple times that he will not be rushed back, therefore Tomiyasu does not appear to be in contention to face Palace.
Arsenal travel to Selhurst Park in fourth place, three points ahead of Tottenham with a game in hand, and Arteta will be anxious to keep his side in contention with a victory over Palace on Monday.