William Saliba injury update: Arsenal star fails fitness test ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Arsenalthe young french defender Guillermo Saliba He has reportedly been ruled out of the club’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The 21-year-old picked up an injury in the first half of the Gunners’ Europa League clash against Sporting CP and was replaced by Rob Holding.

🚨❌ 𝐁𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 | Arsenal defender William Saliba suffered a back injury and will be out of action for several weeks, he reports. @lequipe. https://t.co/aNI7cW3IoD

A win against Palace on Sunday could leave Mikel Arteta’s men an eight-point lead at the top, with second-placed Manchester City not due to play in the league until April having played in the FA Cup earlier this year. weekend.

However, Arsenal’s task of winning the match has been made more difficult as L’Equipe (via The Sun) reported that William Saliba could be out for ‘several weeks’ with a back injury. The defender has also reportedly withdrawn from the French squad for the upcoming international break.

Saliba was called up to Didier Deschamps’ squad to face Ireland and the Netherlands later this month, but will miss those games. While his home minutes have been limited, William Saliba has been a crucial part of Arsenal’s defense in their quest for a title challenge.

🚨 William Saliba is NOT with the Arsenal squad to face Crystal Palace, with Reuell Walters taking his place in the 20-man squad. [@Teamnewsandtix] #afc https://t.co/Zyw1cbspPs

William Saliba joined Arsenal from Saint-Etienne in 2019 for £27 million and was loaned back to the French club. He then spent a successful season on loan at Marseille before becoming a mainstay in the Gunners’ line-up this season.

However, he will not be in the squad to face Crystal Palace later today and has been replaced by academy prodigy Reuell Walters.

Saliba has made 33 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season, scoring three goals and assisting one goal.

Arsenal will seek to capitalize against Palace without a manager

Crystal Palace sent shockwaves through the Premier League earlier this week when they announced they had parted ways with manager Patrick Vieira. The Eagles are winless in 2023 but are still 12th in the table, raising questions about the timing of the decision.

What’s even more ironic is that Vieira was relieved of his duties just before he was able to visit the club where he first made a name for himself in England. This could now play into the favor of Mikel Arteta, who will be keen to extend his team’s lead at the top to eight points.

Palace have managed just three attempts on goal in their last four league games and have only picked up one point. No game in the Premier League is easy, but the Gunners are well placed to capitalize on the situation despite injury woes of their own.

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