2 Arsenal stars confirmed unavailable for Manchester City clash: Team news

Arsenal's Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira reacts after picking up an injury during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Portsmouth and Arsenal at Fratton Park stadium in Portsmouth, southern England, on March 2, 2020.
Arsenal's Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira reacts after picking up an injury during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Portsmouth and Arsenal at Fratton Park stadium in Portsmouth, southern England, on March 2, 2020. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Lucas Torreira and Calum Chambers will miss out on Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City on Wednesday through injury, but they’re reportedly the only two who will.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Callum Chambers of Arsenal celebrates their second goal scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Calum Chambers of Arsenal celebrates their second goal on December 09, 2019. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

According to reports following Mikel Arteta’s press conference on Monday, Calum Chambers and Lucas Torreira are the only two players unavailable for the match against Manchester City.

Torreira is back in first-team group training, but he wasn’t quite ready for the two recent friendly matches against Charlton and Brentford. So it’s not a major surprise he won’t start against Manchester City in the competitive action either.

Chambers is still out for the long term following his ACL injury. However, he is also back in training with the club, albeit light individual training at this point.

There’s no mention of Cedric Soares, which presumably means he’s available. It’s still hugely unlikely he’ll start after he missed both friendlies, like Torreira. Hector Bellerin is available, so there’s no reason he shouldn’t make the lineup.

In other news, it seems Reiss Nelson’s early substitution against Brentford was just a precaution. Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac also returned to fitness over the football shutdown.

Unfortunately for us, Manchester City are doing even better on the fitness front. They have a full squad of healthy players and five substitutions to use them all. So that’s something to look forward to.