Full Arsenal squad for Aston Villa revealed as Mikel Arteta faces double injury dilemma

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during a training session at Emirates Stadium on April 13, 2024, London, England.
Mikel Arteta must make two Arsenal injury decisions before the clash against Aston Villa -Credit:(Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Just as Mikel Arteta appears to be on the verge of having his entire squad available, an Arsenal injury blow emerges. Heading into the business end of the season, Jurrien Timber looked set to be the only absentee, with Thomas Partey, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Bukayo Saka among those recovering from issues in recent weeks.

However, over the last seven days, both Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Magalhaes have become injury concerns for Arteta. The latter has missed some training sessions this week following Tuesday's Bayern Munich clash, thus making him doubtful for the weekend.

Asked specifically for an injury update on Gabriel, Arteta said: "We’ve got one more day to prepare the match. We will see tomorrow if everyone is available. We have some but hopefully with another day we’ll be okay." With such a hectic schedule, in order to manage issues, some Arsenal players have barely trained before then featuring at the weekend and it could therefore be the same for Gabriel.

As for Jesus, it could be a more significant issue given his honest injury admission made earlier this month. "Sometimes I feel it [my knee]," he said. "I don't remember the last time I played football without pain. I try to keep strong in mind."

Considering he has still featured prominently in recent weeks, it is clearly an issue that he can play through despite the pain. When asked about Jesus' issue, Arteta said: "In elite sport to play without pain, I think it is very difficult. When you play every three days especially, at the level that we play, if you ask any player they will say that: ‘Yeah, sometimes there is pain and you have to deal with that’.

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"That is what makes you as well and Gabi has this toughness and this character that he always wants to overcome [it]. He has overcome some difficulties in terms of injuries and he is ready again." Despite concerns surrounding both, Jesus and Gabriel still featuring against Aston Villa seems likely however next Wednesday's second leg against Bayern could play into Arteta's thoughts.

With that said, football.london has pulled together what will likely be Arsenal's matchday squad in full for the visit of Villa.

Full Arsenal squad....

Goalkeepers: David Raya, Aaron Ramsdale.

Defenders: Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes (doubt), Oleksandr Zinchenko, Jakub Kiwior, Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Midfielders: Jorginho, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, Fabio Vieira, Martin Odegaard, Declan Rice

Forwards: Leandro Trossard, Kai Havertz, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka.