Arsenal’s injury and suspension list is rapidly shrinking, and there are only a couple of players likely to miss the visit of AFC Wimbledon.
The only player confirmed as unavailable by Arsenal is Granit Xhaka, who remains absent through suspension. This is the final match of his three-game ban, meaning he’ll be free to return this weekend if selected.
Mohamed Elneny is a doubt, after his recent hamstring strain. Arsenal report that he’s recovering well, but the club were still assessing him at the time of their team news update. There are no guarantees he’ll be fit in time for the Wimbledon clash.
The good news is that’s it. Though Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney were both substituted early against Burnley, they were just cramping, and they’re fit and available if needed.
Both Partey and Tierney were pictured in training photos this week, so there’s nothing to worry about in their cases. You’d expect them to be rested ahead of the North London derby.
Similarly, Emile Smith Rowe was back in training this week, so whatever problem forced him off against Burnley clearly wasn’t serious either.
Rob Holding returned to the matchday squad at the weekend, so he’s also available to start again.
If Elneny can get fit in the next few days, that would be all of Arsenal’s first-team absentees back. Of course, the team also need to come through Wednesday night’s match against League One opposition unscathed. That may not be so simple.