Mikel Arteta’s pre-Leeds United press conference brought good news on the injury front, after the speculation around three Arsenal starters.

Arsenal's English midfielder Bukayo Saka reacts on the pitch after being tackled during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the London Stadium, in London on May 1, 2022. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s English midfielder Bukayo Saka reacts on the pitch after being tackled during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the London Stadium, in London on May 1, 2022. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

Whilst last Sunday’s win over West Ham United was full of positives, there were three injury concerns for Arsenal to worry about.

Ben White had missed the game completely with a tight hamstring, whilst Bukayo Saka and Takehiro Tomiyasu both came off during the game with knocks.

On White, Mikel Arteta has confirmed that the centre-back hasn’t been ruled out of this Sunday’s clash with Leeds, though he hasn’t been ruled fit yet either.

“Ben White is still in contention so he needs to train tomorrow to make sure that he’s available to play,” Arteta said.

As for the other two, it was good news across the board from the Arsenal manager.

“For the rest, there’s no news, everybody should be okay,” Arteta added.

Arsenal obviously don’t have a clean bill of health in the squad, with Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney seemingly not set to return in the near future.

There had been some initial hope that perhaps Partey would be back for the North London derby, but that seems impossible now. He certainly won’t return against Leeds.

Arsenal's Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu reacts on the pitch after being tackled during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the London Stadium, in London on May 1, 2022. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu reacts on the pitch after being tackled during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the London Stadium, in London on May 1, 2022. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

For the rest, it’s looking good that Arteta will have the vast majority of his starters available for a must-win home game against Leeds.

If Arsenal want to be in the strongest position possible for the North London derby, they can’t be dropping points here.

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