Mikel Arteta provides a triple injury update in advance of Arsenal’s final Champions League push


After their 2-1 win over West Ham at The London Stadium, Arsenal moved back up to the top four and took control of the race for Champions League football.

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Mikel Arteta discusses Arsenal’s victory against West Ham

Mikel Arteta gave positive updates on the state of his Arsenal team after moving back up to the top four following a win against West Ham.

Goals from Rob Holding and Gabriel, either side of Jarrod Bowen’s equaliser earned the Gunners a vital 2-1 win over the Hammers at the London Stadium. The result saw Arteta’s side move back above Tottenham in the race for Champions League football.

Spurs had already beaten Leicester City 3-1, a victory that saw them leapfrog their North London rivals. With four games left in the Premier League season, the Gunners struck back.

Bukayo Taka and Takehiro Tomiyasu were both forced to withdraw with possible injuries during a otherwise positive afternoon. Tomiyasu’s first start since January lasted for almost 80 minutes. Saka was then taken off in the closing stages.

Arteta confirmed that neither player has any lingering injuries and that they should both be available to play for the race. “Bukayo was fine, he was really fatigued and he has been through a little injury as well,”The Spaniard explained. “Tomiyasu is just that he had been out for so long and could not continue, but hopefully, he’s fine.”

Ben White was not able to win the victory over Hammers. He will be evaluated ahead of Leeds United next Saturday. “Ben got injured against Manchester United, he felt a muscular problem and we checked him, and we will have to assess him in the next few days to see how he is,”He concluded.

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Holding took over for White, who was injured. He did a great job, scoring his first Premier League goal and resisting any attacks from the hosts in second half. Arteta was full praise for Holding, who, considering his limited time in the contest, performed admirably.

Arteta stated: “I said to you guys, to good people, to good things happen and Rob is another great example, but now when he plays well to give him credit, especially when he doesn’t play, the way he trains, the way he is amongst the team, he’s just a phenomenal person and player to have around the team and today, when you ask him to come he’s always ready to do something.”

Arsenal currently sits two points clear of Spurs, but three points behind Chelsea, who are struggling to stay afloat. And while it isn’t mathematically impossible, Arteta is refusing to rule out the possibility of finishing above both of their London rivals.

“Well, mathematically everything is open so, we’re going to have to go to Leeds and win again because everybody is going to put pressure because everybody wants to play in the position that we are right now.

“We have to handle that and we have a great opportunity and that willingness and motivation that we have is driving us to continue to do something.”