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Partey, Gabriel and Martinelli: Arsenal injury news and return dates ahead of Leeds trip

Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Sunday, but manager Mikel Arteta has a number of injury and fitness concerns to contend with.

The Gunners will make the trip to Elland Road to lock horns with newly-promoted Leeds United as they aim to put their most recent defeat to Aston Villa behind them.

After a brilliant 1-0 away win over Manchester United on November 1, there were high hopes within the Arsenal camp that the club could head into the latest international break with another three points to their name.

However, they were blown away by a rampant Aston Villa side who ran out 3-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium, courtesy of an Ollie Watkins brace and an own-goal from Bukayo Saka.

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It was not the way that Mikel Arteta – the Gunners boss – would have hoped to have headed into the third international break of the season. On the flip side of things, though, the break could have come at the ideal time for the Gunners chief to take stock of the situation and carefully plan for the trip to Leeds.

Ahead of the trip north, Arteta does have a few injury and illness troubles to contend with, meaning he may be forced to wait as long as possible before deciding on his starting line-up.

With that in mind, here is a round-up of the very latest Arsenal injury news and expected return dates ahead of the trip to Elland Road.

Sead Kolasinac

Gunners left-back Kolasinac will be forced to miss the tussle with Leeds after returning a positive Covid-19 test whilst on international duty with Bosnia.

It was confirmed on Wednesday morning that the defender had tested positive for the virus, meaning he will miss Bosnia’s tussle with Italy on Wednesday night.

That, of course, means that he will also be absent for the trip to Elland Road, as well as the tussle with Molde in the Europa League next week.

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