Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ready to return to full coaching with the Gunners subsequent week, although he’ll nonetheless be unavailable for the upcoming league match in opposition to Chelsea.
The 29-year-old has been out of motion with a foot damage because the membership’s Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham final month, the place objectives from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli booked Spurs’ place within the semi-finals of the competitors.
It was speculated that Mkhitaryan might return in time for Chelsea’s go to to the Emirates on Saturday, however Arsenal have confirmed on their official website that the Armenian will not be accessible to Unai Emery till subsequent week when he returns to coaching.
Lengthy-term absentees Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are additionally nonetheless unavailable for the Gunners because the pair proceed their rehabilitation following surgical procedure.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (metatarsal) is predicted to return to full coaching subsequent week. Rob Holding (ACL) is recovering after surgical procedure and won’t characteristic once more in 2018/19. Danny Welbeck (ankle) is in the same state of affairs. #AFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) January 17, 2019
Mkhitaryan has featured closely for Arsenal this season, making 20 appearances throughout all competitions the place he is scored 4 objectives and claimed three assists.
His current damage, together with Mesut Özil’s continued absence, has seen Emery rotate his quad fairly closely over the Christmas interval, each by way of personnel and ways.
Alex Iwobi has been considered one of Arsenal’s stand-out gamers in current weeks, whereas the versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles has additionally impressed in a variety of totally different positions since getting back from a damaged leg he suffered on the opening day of the season.
Arsenal are in determined want of three factors in opposition to Chelsea this weekend following their 1-0 defeat against West Ham, which has left the membership six factors exterior of the highest 4 and degree with Manchester United.