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‘In the past’: 25-year-old Arsenal man now looking forward to the rest of the season after injury issues
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‘In the past’: 25-year-old Arsenal man now looking forward to the rest of the season after injury issues

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has two weeks to work out how to solve an injury conundrum he would never wanted to have faced.

The loss of Gabriel Jesus to a serious knee injury, suffered while with Brazil at the World Cup, will be incredibly frustrating.

However, in an interview with The Mirror, defender Oleksandr Zinchenko suggests he may soon provide Arteta with an injury boost.

Zinchenko and Jesus both arrived from Manchester City in the summer, and made an immediate impact.

Arteta threw them both into the starting line-up on the opening day against Crystal Palace.

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It was a decision he certainly won’t regret, as they hit the ground running and have immediately improved Arsenal.

Unfortunately, Zinchenko suffered a calf injury in the middle of September that ruled him out until November.

He returned for the final two fixtures before the break, but has now picked up another issue.

Thankfully, Arsenal are well covered in the left-back area.

Kieran Tierney is Zinchenko’s natural back-up, but Takehiro Tomiyasu has tended to deputise in the Ukrainian’s absence.

Zinchenko provides positive injury update

Speaking to the Mirror about his fitness, Zinchenko said: “You know, I have a little muscle tightness. But I’m nearly there, so don’t worry about this.

“Obviously, I’m also working hard to get my fitness back and to be with the team as quickly as I can.

“It’s the worst feeling, to be fair… for every footballer to be out of the team.

“And yeah, in the last couple of months, I was struggling a lot but I hope everything is in the past already.

“And now, I’m fully focused and so excited for the rest of the season.”

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Zinchenko offers something different to Arteta’s other full-back options on the left.

He tends to drift infield to support Arsenal’s midfield, and is very comfortable in attacking areas.

Ian Wright has claimed that Zinchenko is ‘vitally important’ to Arteta’s Arsenal set-up.

Although Zinchenko didn’t feature against Lyon on Thursday, he has been pictured in training in Dubai.

Arsenal fans will be hoping Zinchenko has recovered from his injury to feature against West Ham on Boxing Day.

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