Partey, Mari, Chambers: Arsenal injury updates and team news ahead of Leeds United clash
All the latest Arsenal injury news following the Gunners' defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday as a trip to Leeds United awaits after the international break
What may have been considered a slightly above par start to the season has turned into an average one at best after Arsenal's 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.
The Gunners now have four wins and four losses so far, and they have conceded 10 and scored just nine goals - far below London rivals Spurs and Chelsea who sit second and fifth respectively.
Mikel Arteta's 11th-placed side have two weeks off with the international break, although many players will be in action for their countries, before facing Leeds United on November 22.
The break in the season may have come at the perfect time as the few players currently out injured can step up their recovery and perhaps be in contention for the trip to Elland Road.
So, here is the latest injury news for the Gunners.
The 27-year-old, who was signed for £45m from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window, came off against Villa with a thigh problem at half-time, with the game at 1-0.
It appears early assessments of Partey's injury are more serious than Arsenal had hoped as Goal reports he will not be will not joining up with the Ghana squad during the international break.
Earlier this week, Arteta said: "We don't know [the extent] of it.
"We have to scan him tomorrow or the day after and see what he felt straight away.
"Let's wait and see what the magnitude of the injury is.
"I don't know [if he will go away with Ghana now]. As I said, the doctor will have to have a look at him and probably scan him.
"Then we will decide what to do with him."
But according to Ghana Football Association (GFA) Communications director Henry Asante Twum, he claims they are still waiting to hear from Arsenal if Partey will be available for the international games or not.
“We’re expecting information on Thomas Partey today from Arsenal whether he’ll be available for the Black Stars or not in the doubleheader,” he told Nhyira FM on Tuesday.
Either way, Arsenal will hope Partey is fit for the Leeds game as he was particularly impressive in his side's 1-0 win at Manchester United, the first time they had won at Old Trafford in 14 years.
The Arsenal winger has missed the club's last two games, including the 4-1 win over Molde in the Europa League and the defeat to Villa, with a knee problem.
In an update posted on the club website, the 20-year-old is expected to be back in full training this week.
"Right knee," a statement reads. "Sustained knock and bruising to right knee in training ahead of Thursday’s match against Molde.
"Aiming to return to full training next week."
Callum Chambers suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee against Chelsea way back on December 29 last year.
But the 25-year-old is on his way back to full fitness after starting for Arsenal Under-21s in their EFL Trophy tie against Gillingham on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old sustained a significant sprain to ankle ligaments while playing Manchester City on June 17.
The centre-back is continuing his outside running and strengthening programme, along with light ball work.
The club are aiming to integrate the Spaniard back into full training after the November international period.
The 19-year-old forward has been sidelined since June 21 where he suffered a left knee injury during a training session.
According to the club, Martinelli had a successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee.
The Brazilian was initially ruled out until the end of 2020 but he has been running outside, alongside daily strengthening and recovery programme at London Colney.
Arsenal say he has been involved in group sessions and is aiming to return to full training by December.
"I’m feeling very well, I’m regaining confidence and I can feel my knee is better,” he previously told the Arsenal website.
"After an injury like this you are kind of scared to force the knee again but the past couple of weeks it has been fine and soon I can start training with the ball."
Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian were both substituted in the second half on Sunday, but those changes were tactical and the duo should be available to face Leeds United.