Arsenal Defensive Duo Miss Crucial Training Before Villa Showdown

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Defensive Worries for Arteta

Ahead of a pivotal Premier League clash with Aston Villa, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is faced with a potential defensive crisis. Key defenders Gabriel Magalhaes and Jakub Kiwior were notably absent from Arsenal’s final training session, casting doubt on their availability for the upcoming match.

Top Spot at Stake for Arsenal

With Manchester City’s recent thrashing of Luton Town propelling them to the top of the Premier League table, Arsenal now finds themselves in second place. However, a victory over Villa could see the Gunners reclaim their position at the summit, adding extra pressure to overcome their defensive concerns.

Injury Concerns for Key Players

Gabriel, grappling with an Achilles issue for the past month, was missing from Friday’s training and did not join the team’s Saturday session at the Emirates Stadium. Kiwior, who exited at halftime during the Champions League draw with Bayern Munich, was also absent from the weekend’s preparations.

Possible Defensive Replacements

Takehiro Tomiyasu, who was present in the training, may step in to fill Gabriel’s void, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is another option for Arteta, having already replaced Kiwior against Bayern. These adjustments could be crucial in Arsenal’s bid to maintain their title challenge.

Villa Without Key Midfielder

Unai Emery’s Aston Villa will be missing the services of Douglas Luiz, who is out due to suspension. Despite being level with Tottenham on points, Villa’s recent form has been shaky, with only one win in their last five league outings.

Emery Downplays Past Arsenal Connection

The Villa boss and former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has played down the significance of his past ties to the Gunners, emphasizing the challenging nature of the upcoming fixture and expressing respect for his former club.

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