Arsenal will be without Oleksandr Zinchenko for the weekend London derby at Brentford, but Thomas Partey is fit to return.
Mikel Arteta was typically guarded on team news ahead of a trip to west London, but confirmed the setback for his left-back.
Ben White, though is fit despite missing out on a place in the England squad.
Emile Smith Rowe continues to struggle with groin problems that have plagued him for almost a year, and joins Mohamed Elneny and
Reiss Nelson on the treatment table, leaving Arteta with several selection issues to overcome against a physical Brentford side.
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Arteta didn’t explain Zinchenko’s absence but the Ukrainian FA confirmed his the defender’s fitness on Friday afternoon. Kieran Tierney should deputise.
A statement read:
“Oleksandr Zinchenko will not be able to help the blue and yellow during the September matches in the UEFA Nations League.
“The Arsenal player suffered a calf muscle injury during training at the club which will require two weeks for treatment and recovery.
“Oleksandr immediately personally informed the head coach of the Ukrainian national team,
Oleksandr Petrakov, of the unfortunate news by calling him. We wish Sashka a speedy recovery.”
Partey is expected to come in for Albert Sambi Lokonga after his return from injury.
Predicted Arsenal XI:
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney;
Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli;