Arsenal stretched their winning run to four matches with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United in the FA Cup third round on Saturday evening.
After the contest was forced to enter extra-time, the Gunners got the job done thanks to goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, meaning they began their defence of the trophy in winning style.
The win over the Magpies means that the Gunners have now won their last four matches in all competitions, keeping three clean sheets on the bounce during that time.
However, Mikel Arteta’s troops, who will discover their opponents for both the FA Cup fourth round and fifth round on Monday evening, have little time to rest, with the games continuing to come thick and fast.
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Next up for Arsenal is a clash with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening before facing Newcastle once again a-week-on-Monday.
Ahead of that Premier League double-header, here is a round-up of all the very latest Arsenal injury news.
Having trained all week, Arteta was hopeful that summer signing Partey would be available to face Newcastle on Saturday evening.
However, the Ghanaian, despite the clash with Steve Bruce’s side having been set as a target date for him to return, was not involved, meaning his wait for a return to action continues.
Fortunately, though, Arteta, in his post-match press conference, hinted that the defensive-midfielder could make a return to action against Palace on Thursday.
The Spaniard said: “We assessed the situation, how much training he’s done, the boxes that he’s ticked and he was still a little bit short.
“Hopefully, on Thursday [against Crystal Palace], we might have him available in the squad.
“Let’s see how he trains in the next couple of days but he’s looking really good at…