Arsenal have dodged a bullet: Bukayo Saka did not sustain a serious injury against Leeds United. The medical staff described it as a “dead leg” that has kept him from traveling to Norway to face Molde. He will be available on Sunday against Wolves. It’s not as if he would have traveled to Molde anyway, but after Mikel Arteta talked about how much pain Saka was in after the Leeds match, I’m sure everyone was waiting with bated breath.
In other news, both Sead Kolasinac and Mohamed Elneny remain in the COVID protocols after testing positive during the international break. Fortunately, both are asymptomatic. David Luiz traveled to Norway after missing out at the weekend because of the birth of his daughter.
Willian, who came off at halftime against Leeds with a muscle problem, has a slight calf strain but could be available at the weekend. Thomas Partey is “progressing rehabilitation” from a thigh strain picked up before the international break, no word on when he might be available.
Pablo Mari has “progressed very well and is now integrating into full training” as he continues his recovery from a severe ankle injury. Gabriel Martinelli is participating in group sessions in training and “aims to integrate into squad sessions over the next two weeks.” Calum Chambers has played for the U-21’s and has come off the injury report entirely.