Six points from a possible nine. A solid start for an Arsenal squad still waiting on a few members to return to full fitness. Ahead of Sunday’s big North London Derby Arsenal provided updates on how several first team members are doing in their injury recovery process.
- Rob Holding - As we noted in our U23s takeaways piece, Holding played the full 90 against Everton U23s last Friday. He looks on pace to begin integration back into the senior team after the upcoming international break.
- Hector Bellerin - Still progressing with his left knee rehabilitation. Hector is expected to rejoin full team training during September. Hopefully we can see the future team captain back in action by October.
- Kieran Tierney - Like Bellerin, Tierney is continuing rehab while expected back in training next month. He should be ahead of Bellerin in the time table, and may be needed much sooner if the rumors of Nacho Monreal’s exit are true.
- Emile Smith Rowe - Nearly ready for selection after playing twice in the past week. ESR played the majority of the match for the U23s last Friday and then the full 90 for the U21s on Tuesday. Look for his return to at least the 18 when Arsenal kick off the Europa League group stages on September 19th.
- Dinos Mavropanos - Rehabbing and expected back in training next month. His absence from any U23 action thus far indicates he is still several weeks behind Rob Holding.
No major surprises there, but luckily there are no new names added to the list. It’s a shame that three eventual starters, all on the backline, won’t be able to take part in the home version of the North London Derby. The club didn’t report any issues with Alexandre Lacazette’s fitness or Mesut Özil’s illness, so expect both to be available for Sunday at this point.
With just three days left in August and the European transfer deadline window keep an eye on the exit door. In addition to Nacho, Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny are expected to find new homes.