Monday, September 25, 2023

Declan Rice suffers Arsenal injury blow as Mikel Arteta urged to complete key transfer

Arsenal were dealt a double injury blow on Sunday as they drew 2-2 against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium. Leandro Trossard was left out of the matchday squad after picking up a knock in training – whilst Declan Rice was taken off at half-time with a back injury.

Bukayo Saka’s deflected strike and penalty kick were cancelled out by a brace from Spurs star Son Heung-min. The Gunners maintained their unbeaten record in the Premier League so far this season – but dropped further behind Manchester City in the title race.

Mikel Arteta provides update on Declan Rice injury after Arsenal star forced off vs Tottenham

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has suggested that he is hopeful that Declan Rice’s suspected injury isn’t a long-term issue after he was forced off in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

The England international was forced to withdraw from the Gunners’ first North London Derby of the 2023/24 season at half-time. He was replaced by Jorginho – who played an unfortunate role in Spurs’ second equaliser.

Rice is understood to have returned to the substitute bench with tape around his calf, but after the game Arteta hinted the midfielder had an issue with his back. Read on here.

Why Leandro Trossard was not in the Arsenal squad vs Tottenham

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has given an update on the fitness of Leandro Trossard as the Belgian international missed out on the North London Derby clash with Tottenham. The forward is the second injury concern for the Gunners on the left flank, having already lost Gabriel Martinelli.

The Brazilian pulled up with a muscle issue against Everton last week, having to be replaced by Trossard in the first half of the game. The former Brighton man proved to be the deciding factor in the game as his finish in the second half won the game over the Toffees to secure all three points.

Trossard featured again in the Champions League in midweek, helping the side towards a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven to get the side off to an ideal start in the group stages. With the need to bounce back quickly, there were hopes that the forward would be fit to face Tottenham on Sunday.

He was not spotted in the final training session before the game though and he was not seen getting off the team bus on matchday itself. When the team news dropped, it was revealed that the star man was going to miss the game altogether, with a muscular injury being the main concern.

Mikel Arteta urged to solve Arsenal dilemma after Tottenham draw amid Ivan Toney transfer chance

Mikel Arteta is facing a slight dilemma with his Arsenal attacking options following the 2-2 draw against Tottenham in the North London Derby. The Gunners were hampered by injuries to both Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard this week – leaving Gabriel Jesus to start on the wing.

Eddie Nketiah was handed another start as striker – but the Hale End graduate failed to finish a golden chance towards the end of the game that would’ve given Arsenal all three points against their fierce rivals. Bukayo Saka was the Gunners’ talisman once again as his deflected shot was turned home by Cristian Romero in the first half.

The 22-year-old then converted his second from the penalty spot – but it was not enough to beat Spurs. Son Heung-min’s brace twice pegged Arsenal back as Arteta’s side failed to take advantage of some late pressure in the game.

Arsenal had a flurry of corner kicks that put Spurs under significant pressure – with one falling to Nketiah as he failed to convert from close range. Declan Rice – who was substituted with an injury at half-time – showed visible frustration at the wasted opportunity.

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