Arsenal triumphed over Lyon in the first match of the Dubai Super Cup, and they did so without one of their first team fullbacks, Oleksandr Zinchenko. The Ukrainian international missed out on the club friendly due to muscle tightness, and he is touch and go for tomorrow’s DSC finale against AC Milan.
Elsewhere Emile Smith Rowe, although named to the travel squad, is still recovering from surgery to repair a groin injury. It looks like his timetable is after the Boxing Day fixture, sometime early in the New Year.
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In addition to the two new aforementioned fitness concerns, you also have Gabriel Jesus, the Brazilian center forward, recovering from a knee surgery that was performed just last week (more on that here).
He will be out for at least three months.
There is good news though! Some of the Gunners star players who featured at the World Cup for their countries in Qatar are now back with the team, including Thomas Partey, Matt Turner and Ben White.
Regarding the last name there, some reports indicate that he had a clash with an England assistant coach, and that was the real reason why he left Three Lions camp long before his national team was eliminated.
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