Aaron Ramsdale and Gabriel Martinelli were surprise omissions from Arsenal’s squad for their game against Aston Villa on Saturday, while Bukayo Saka was taken off after a kicking, so what is the latest on the trio?

Aaron Ramsdale visiting AFC Wimbledon (Photo via Pro Sports Images on Twitter)
Aaron Ramsdale visiting AFC Wimbledon (Photo via Pro Sports Images on Twitter)

Aaron Ramsdale missed out on Arsenal’s game against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday due to a hip problem he picked up in the first half against Liverpool.

Gabriel Martinelli, meanwhile, missed out with an unspecified illness.

Ramsdale will also miss out on England on international duty, after he was one of four Arsenal players selected by England, with Mikel Arteta confirming he will be out for a ‘few weeks’.

The boss said, “[Aaron] has got an injury, a muscle injury, and he will be out for a few weeks.

“[Martinelli] has been sick for the last few days so he’s out of the squad, unfortunately.”

Ramsdale travelled to Villa with the squad and after the game, Arteta said, “He wasn’t comfortable in the last 50 minutes against Liverpool.

“He wanted to be here to support Bernd which tells you about a lot of things behind the scenes.”

Martinelli has also been called up by Brazil but it remains to be seen if he will be able to join Gabriel with their squad. That seems likely as he is also believed to have travlled with the squad to support his teammates.

Bukayo Saka, meanwhile, was taken off after 70 minutes having endured quite the kicking at the hands of the Villa defenders.

Arteta said, “He was really fatigued. He’s played a lot of minutes.

“He needs to go with England and the best thing was to take him off.”