Martinelli, Partey, Gabriel: Arsenal team news and injury updates for visit of Crystal Palace

Arsenal will return to Premier League action on Thursday as Crystal Palace cross the capital to visit the Emirates Stadium.

Roy Hodgson’s side are just a point behind the Gunners, down in 14th place in the top flight.

But Arsenal have kept the good form going over the New Year period, building on that 3-1 win over Chelsea with victories over Brighton and West Brom.

And their weekend win over Newcastle has set them up with an FA Cup clash against either League One Shrewsbury Town or Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton, a side they are now scheduled to meet twice in just four days, later this month.

But first comes their league duty and two quickfire games against Palace and Newcastle.

Ahead of that Premier League double-header, here is a round-up of all the very latest Arsenal injury news.

Thomas Partey

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 the moment.”

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Gabriel Magalhaes

Just like Partey, fellow summer signing Gabriel also missed out on a return to action against Newcastle.

The Brazilian centre-back, who joined Arsenal from French outfit Lille, tested positive for coronavirus in late-December.

Despite training on Friday ahead of the clash with the…