Arsenal host Crystal Palace on Thursday night at the Emirates Stadium just five days after playing 120 minutes in the FA Cup third round.
The Gunners needed extra-time to see off a stubborn Newcastle side, but eventually, goals from Smith-Rowe and captain Aubameyang were enough to secure passage to the fourth round and a tie against either Shrewsbury Town or Southampton.
Before Mikel Arteta’s men can turn their minds to the cup Arsenal face two games against Palace and Newcastle in the Premier League.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace are just one point behind the Gunners, down in 13th place in the top flight.
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After a shaky start to the season Arsenal’s form has picked up with four successive wins in all competitions, with a relatively fit squad to choose from Arteta will be looking to make it fives wins in a row and to move within six points of the top four, albeit with having played a game more than their rivals for European football.
Ahead of the Premier League double-header, here is a round-up of all the very latest Arsenal injury news.
Martinelli was forced out of the Arsenal lineup ahead of the FA Cup tie with Newcastle with Arteta fearing the worst:
“He was in a lot of pain and we’re going to have to see how he is. He was in pain so I imagine we’re not going to have good news with him.”
However, a scan on Monday revealed that there was no major damage and the Brazilian can be expected to return to action shortly. The Palace game may come too soon for the striker, but an appearance against Newcastle on Monday is not out of the question.
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