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Arsenal & Fulham made £17m rejections, Partey, Mari, Chambers: Arsenal injury updates ahead of Leeds United clash

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Partey, Mari, Chambers: Arsenal injury updates ahead of Leeds United clash

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.

Reiss Nelson

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.”

Calum Chambers

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.

Pablo Mari

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.

 

Arsenal & Fulham rejections made £17m Palace star Eze doubt he would make it in football

Crystal Palace’s £17 million ($22m) summer signing Eberechi Eze is readying himself for England Under-21s’ match with Albania on Friday but his journey has been a story of overcoming rejection.

Eze was released by Arsenal aged 13 and tried his luck at a series of other clubs but history repeated itself after the academies at Fulham, Reading and Millwall all declined his services.

Having worked part-time in a UK supermarket chain while studying in college, Eze finally saw a subsequent trial at Queen’s Park Rangers lead to a contract. He made his first-team debut six months later and now, four years on, he is playing against Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premier League.

To overcome such a series of setbacks wasn’t easy and Eze admits that he was concerned that his dream might never have come to fruition.

“Of course, you have doubts,” Eze said at England’s training centre at St. George’s Park. “You have doubts in your thinking of whether you’re going to get your professional contract, whether you’re going to be what you hoped you’d be.

“It has built huge resilience in me; I think being released, I’m sure loads of players will tell you this, being released is not the best feeling and you’re not in the best space mentally. But of course, as a footballer, not just a footballer, but anyone, you have to be strong, you have to be courageous.

“You have to get back up again, not allow your setbacks to determine where you end up in life. You have to keep moving forward. For me, I feel that’s something that was put into me, was forced into me after being released – I had to get up and be strong.

“But for me, it was more the support my family and people around me that continue to instil, that faith in me – and being religious as well.

“Having faith was huge for me, I would always believe that I would get to where I hope to get to and thankfully, and thanks to God, it has worked out.”

The contract at QPR was important for Eze, who staked a lot on making it in football. He grew up in Greenwich, London and admitted to money struggles in his part of the south-eastern borough as a kid.

“I didn’t come from a rich family or anything like that, my parents did what they could and try their best to help me and my brothers and my sister to get through life. I know the struggle that they’ve been through, it wasn’t easy for them even to gather money for us to look after us,” he added.

“But that’s why it was more of a relief because I can take some pressure off them and help them a bit and it’s not so much of a hand-to-mouth sort of situation.

“I finally got the pro contract that I was praying for, endlessly. And for my family, knowing that I’m now in a position where I can grow and progress along if I work hard, I can grow and be able to help them out of whatever situation that we were in back then.

“That’s why it was more of a relief because we had been in a situation without a club for a while and was still working hard still doing what we can but the fact that it came eventually and came quite late, it was honestly a grateful moment.

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