Mikel Arteta met with the media on Thursday ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Monday and has delivered the latest team news.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their sides second goal during the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on March 06, 2022 in Watford, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND – MARCH 06: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their sides second goal during the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on March 06, 2022 in Watford, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Before Monday’s game, most people were concerned about Aaron Ramsdale, who had to withdraw from the England squad due to the hip problem that kept him out of Arsenal’s last game.

Rated as 50/50 by the Daily Mail, who seem to have just taken a guess, Arteta says the keeper is a doubt as he hasn’t trained yet. He did not indicate when he thought Ramsdale would be back in training.

He is expected to undergo fitness tests, however, before the game, so he can’t be too far off returning.

Bukayo Saka also had to withdraw from the England squad, but his issue was Covid.

The good news is that Saka is now fully recovered and “training today, hopefully,” according to the manager.

Takehiro Tomiyasu could make his return after missing quite a chunk of action with two different calf problems.

You can read a more detailed update on his progress and likely involvement against Crystal Palace, here.

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