Arsenal press conference highlights: Mikel Arteta on Odegaard injury, Douglas Luiz transfer

Arsenal press conference highlights: Mikel Arteta on Odegaard injury, Douglas Luiz transfer

 Mikel Arteta is set to face the press ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Gunners go into the game off the back of their best start to a season since 2004 having won all five of their opening matches. This though is likely to be their toughest test yet despite United’s slow start.

The task is made potentially even harder by a lengthy list of injury absentees. Martin Odegaard had to come off with an ankle injury during Wednesday night’s win over Aston Villa, while Aaron Ramsdale also went down in the game. That adds to Arsenal’s pre-existing injury list which includes Oleksandr Zinchenko, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny.

The lack of depth in the squad is something the Gunners sought to address on transfer deadline day as they made a late more for Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz.

However, after having three bids rejected, Edu was ultimately unable to secure a deal for the Brazilian, meaning that Arsenal go into this particularly condensed World Cup season with perhaps less strength in depth than they would have liked.

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