Mikel Arteta has provided a positive update on Arsenal’s injury situation ahead of Thursday’s Premier League clash with Wolves.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (R) speaks witj Arsenal's English midfielder Bukayo Saka (L) during the English League Cup semi-final first leg football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 13, 2022. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (R) speaks with Arsenal’s English midfielder Bukayo Saka (L) during the English League Cup semi-final first leg football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2022. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS / AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking in his pre-Wolves press conference on Wednesday morning, Mikel Arteta suggested there was nothing new to worry about on the injury front.

“No,” Arteta answered on the subject of fresh injuries. “At the moment it’s all as it was last week.”

That’s good news, given the injury situation last week was very positive. Takehiro Tomiyasu was the only doubt, and he ended up making it into the matchday squad to face Brentford.

The only senior absentee for the Brentford game was Gabriel Martinelli, who picked up a red-card suspension in the reverse fixture against Wolves.

It was only a one-game ban, so Martinelli will be available to return on Thursday as well.

On the other hand, there have been some social media rumours that Emile Smith Rowe wasn’t involved in training on Tuesday.

Arsenal's English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Brentford at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 19, 2022. (Photo by IAN KINGTON / AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Brentford at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 19, 2022. (Photo by IAN KINGTON / AFP via Getty Images)

That doesn’t necessarily mean much, as players will occasionally have rest days depending on their individual fitness programme. Particularly if they’ve had recent injury problems as Smith Rowe has.

Arteta himself isn’t adding any credence to those reports, which is hopefully a good sign. But it’s something to keep an eye on.

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