Arsenal travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham United in the round of 16 of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, and manager Mikel Arteta has provided an update on some of his injured players.
Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Jesus all missed the 5-0 victory over Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, and they are still unavailable to face the Hammers.
“With him, honestly there is no [timeframe],” Arteta replied when asked about Jesus.
“I did once and I got it wrong. We have to be cautious.”
The Brazil international striker picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-1 win over Sevilla last Tuesday and was withdrawn in the closing stages of the game.
Jesus was unavailable for selection at the beginning of the campaign after undergoing surgery, and Arsenal will hope he returns to action sooner rather than later.
The Gunners manager deployed Eddie Nketiah to lead the line against the Blades in the absence of the former Manchester City striker, and the England international bagged his first Premier League hat-trick.
He is likely to start against West Ham tomorrow, and he will be desperate to find the back of the net again.
Partey will be unavailable for weeks, which will come as a blow for Arsenal given his versatility.
“I think he will be out for weeks,” Arteta said when asked about a timeline for the return of the Ghana international midfielder.
“I don’t know how long, he has another appointment today. We will see after that. It’s a big concern because when Thomas is fit and available we see the results and impact he has on the team.”
Odegaard will be eager to return to action after missing the game against the Blades due to rest, and it remains to be seen whether he will be involved tomorrow.
“There are a lot of things you have to do,” the Arsenal boss said on the situation of the Norwegian.
“It’s impossible to play without niggles.”
The North Londoners will be desperate to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, and they need to name a quality side to face West Ham.
Hammers manager David Moyes is likely to name a strong XI, and Arteta will have to manage things well so as to hand some of the fringe players a chance and also leave London Stadium with a win.
Arsenal were excellent against Sheffield Utd without the trio, but beating West Ham will be a more daunting task, and they cannot afford to get eliminated tomorrow.