There are injury updates for Arsenal, and Mikel Arteta has to hurry to find out if Takehiro Tomiyasu is fit for tonight’s match against Luton Town.
This evening, when Arsenal hosts Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, they have the chance to move five points clear atop the Premier League standings. After winning ten of their first 14 games, Mikel Arteta’s team is expected to finish the season atop the table for the second time in a row.
They will have another opportunity to increase their lead by three points this evening when they travel to Luton, but it won’t be simple. This season, Kenilworth Road—which can accommodate just 11,500 fans—has shown to be a challenging venue to visit in the Premier League. Crystal Palace lost, Liverpool could barely muster a draw, and Tottenham were quite fortunate to come away with all three points.
If Arsenal wins, it will be their sixth straight victory in all competitions. The Gunners have a great opportunity to increase their advantage this week with Man City’s difficult trip to Aston Villa on Wednesday and Liverpool facing a new management at Sheffield United.
Arteta’s first injury issue has already arisen due to their hectic holiday schedule. Ben White took on for versatile defender Takehiro Tomiyasu in the 79th minute of Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers due to a calf injury.
Although the Japan international hasn’t been declared out of tonight’s match, Arteta stated he would be evaluated to prevent any more setbacks. “We evaluated him following the match. As a precaution, we took him out,” he stated on Monday.
“We’ll hold out. We’ll determine whether using him is beneficial tomorrow. Given his strength, I’m sure he’ll be alright.”