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Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegaard doubtful for Manchester United clash

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has detailed the club’s injury issues, with Thomas Partey out for “weeks” and Mohamed Elneny set to be absent for “months”.

The Gunners have enjoyed a perfect start to the Premier League campaign with five wins from five but face a stern test at Old Trafford on Sunday against Manchester United, who have bounced back from a slow start to register three consecutive wins.

Midfield injuries have become an issue for Arteta, though, forced to make changes in back-to-back matches in the middle of the park with Albert Sambi Lokonga deputising as Granit Xhaka’s partner in midweek.

Arsenal have further problems, too, with Oleksandr Zinchenko missing the last two games and yet to train with the team, while Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard will be assessed on Saturday.

“Ramsdale and Odegaard have been assessed and we will see more tomorrow. Hopefully they’ll be available to train with the team,” Arteta said in Friday’s press conference.

“Alex [Zinchenko] missed two games and has not been able to train with team yet. For Mo [Elneny], we are talking months.

“With Thomas [Partey], we are hopefully talking weeks and even shorter than that. We have tried to manage him. A lot has happened since he’s joined.

“We are trying the possible way to find reasons for that. Unfortunately, his body and mind are too difficult to try to put finger on to identify one factor. Attitude is there. He’s really disappointed and wants to get back.”

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