Arsenal injury news: The Gunners take on Oxford in their FA Cup third round tie and Mikel Arteta may be able to welcome back two key first-team players.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta talks to Emile Smith Rowe during a training session. (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta talks to Emile Smith Rowe during a training session. (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal were unable to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table to ten points over Manchester City, with Mikel Arteta’s side playing out a goalless draw against Newcastle. The clash at Emirates Stadium was the first time the Gunners failed to score in the league this season and two dropped points means City can close the gap back to five points by beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

The Gunners are not in action this weekend with their next game set for Monday, January 9 as they head to the Kassam Stadium to take on Oxford in the FA Cup. Following that clash, a North London Derby is next on the agenda for the league leaders.

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Arteta is still without a number of first-team players with many stars recovering from surgery to fix injury issues. Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson appear to be nearing a return, while Gabriel Jesus could be ahead of his scheduled rehabilitation timeline after posting a positive update. With that in mind, football.london has taken a look at the latest Arsenal injury news ahead of their FA Cup match against Oxford.

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Ben White

White looked fatigued in the second half against Newcastle on Tuesday night and was taken off with 14 minutes to play for Takehiro Tomiyasu – leaving the pitch at a walking pace despite the Gunners needing a goal. Mikel Arteta may be concerned with the English defender’s fitness after starting the last two Premier League fixtures, but with the Japan international making a return to full fitness it allows the Arsenal boss to rotate his side to keep players fresh.

Expected return date: Oxford (A) – January 9

Gabriel Jesus

Jesus suffered medial ligament damage whilst playing for Brazil against Cameroon in the World Cup group stages. The 25-year-old later returned to London to undergo surgery on his knee.

While it is set to be a long road to recovery, with reports suggesting he could be out for up to four months of action, Jesus posted a positive update on his Instagram story yesterday, captioning the post ‘Freedom Sang’, which suggests he no longer needs support during his recovery from the knee injury.

Emile Smith Rowe

Smith Rowe has been out for a considerable length of time. Even though he was hoping to return for Newcastle, Arteta is being cautious and may opt not to risk him just yet.

What Arteta has said: “He’s made big steps in the last week. He took part in some training sessions and looked good. We’re hoping to have him back soon.”

Expected return date: January 2023.

Reiss Nelson

The extent of Nelson’s hamstring injury is currently unknown, but Arteta admitted after the friendly with Juventus that it could be problematic.

What Arteta has said: “We don’t know the extent of the injury. The fact that he had to leave the pitch straight away is not good news, especially with someone like Reiss who is really powerful and fast. Let’s see what will happen. We know what we have to do and that doesn’t change the plans [for the transfer window].”

Expected return date: Unknown.

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