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Mikel Arteta to re-sign former Arsenal midfielder, Partey, Saka, Willian injury updates and expected return dates ahead of Molde clash

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Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent believes it would “make sense” for Arsenal to re-sign former midfielder Jack Wilshere on a pay-as-you-play deal.

The midfielder, who has been plagued by injury concerns for much of his career, is currently without a club after being released by West Ham United at the start of October.

His departure from the London Stadium brought an end to his two-year spell with Hammers, meaning he is now on the hunt for the third permanent club of his career.

But with his wages likely to be high and clubs almost certainly likely to be put off by his past injury record, Bent, who has now since stepped into the world of punditry following the decision to hang up his boots in July last year, believes it would make sense for Arsenal to present Wilshere to return to the Emirates Stadium on a pay-as-you-play basis.

“He is only 28 as well.

“It makes sense; pay-as-you-play, Jack Wilshere: back.”

Wilshere left Arsenal in June 2018 after joining the club back in 2001 at the age of just nine-years-old.

Though the Stevenage-born midfielder was also highly regarded in north London, as well as being predicted to enjoy a glamorous career at the very top of English football, it has never quite happened for him, with injuries having caused endless troubles throughout his career.

During his time at the Emirates Stadium, Wilshere, who has spent time on loan at both AFC Bournemouth and Bolton Wanderers in the past, played just short of 200 games, scoring 14 goals and claiming 30 assists.

Arsenal are keen on signing a new central-midfielder once the January transfer window opens, but Wilshere is unlikely to fit the profile of the type of player Mikel Arteta is looking for.

Partey, Saka, Willian: Latest Arsenal injury news and expected return dates ahead of Molde clash

Arsenal will be seeking a return to winning ways when they face Molde in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Since defeating Molde 4-1 in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium on Bonfire Night, the Gunners have failed to win either of their last two outings, as well as being unable to find the back of the net.

The Gunners were defeated 3-0 by Aston Villa prior to the international break and were fortunate to come away from Elland Road on Sunday afternoon with a point in the bag, as they played out a goalless draw against Leeds United.

Willian

Summer signing Willian was forced at half time against Leeds on Sunday – and it was not for tactical reasons.

After the game, Arteta confirmed that the Brazilian international had felt a slight niggle in the first 45 and did not want to run the risk of him participating in the second half and making the problem worse, meaning he was replaced by Reiss Nelson.

Bukayo Saka

Having featured three times for England over the recent international break, Saka would have been hoping for the chance to catch his breathe against Leeds.

However, the 19-year-old starlet was called into action just six minutes into the second half, being forced to come on and cover for Nicolas Pepe, who was sent off.

However, the teenager didn’t finish the contest as he came off worse in a 50-50 challenge and suffered a blow to his knee. Arsenal have yet to issue an update on the severity of the problem.

Immediately after the game, Arteta said: “He was in pain. We’re going to have to assess with the medical staff how bad it is, but it looked like a pretty bad challenge and he was in pain so we decided to take him out straight away.”

Thomas Partey

With Arteta already a midfielder short for the clash with Leeds, the boss would have been desperate to have summer signing Partey available for selection.

The 27-year-old, who was signed for £45million from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window, came off against Villa before the international break with a thigh problem.

That resulted in the midfield enforcer being unable to meet up with the Ghana squad over the course of the international break, meaning he stayed at London Colney to try and get himself in the best possible shape for the clash with Leeds.

Unfortunately, he didn’t make the cut and it remains to be seen whether or not he will return against Molde.

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