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Despite hearing from Mikel Arteta on Friday, we are yet to receive an injury bulletin from the Arsenal medical department ahead of Sunday’s game against Sheffield United.
Emile Smith Rowe (shoulder), Pablo Mari (ankle), Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) and Calum Chambers (knee) are all expected to remain out, while Sokratis (calf) had returned to training this week but has barely got a look-in under Arteta even when fit.
The Arsenal boss made multiple changes for the EFL Cup tie at Liverpool on Thursday so the likes of Willian, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin and David Luiz, all of whom were handed breathers at Anfield, will be poised to return against the Blades.
Dani Ceballos may be preferred over the more defensive-minded Mohamed Elneny given that the Gunners will likely be on the front foot against Chris Wilder’s troops, while Bukayo Saka is a possibility to feature instead of Ainsley Maitland-Niles – although Saka was handed 89 minutes in the Carabao Cup and was suffering from cramp at the end of the game.
Gabriel is a possibility to feature in defence but the Gunners are well-stocked for left-sided options at centre-back, with Rob Holding the only natural fit on the right.