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Arsenal injury news and expected return dates for five stars ahead of Bayern Munich clash

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The score is 2-2 on aggregate heading into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. The Gunners are dealing with several injury problems as they look to progress to the semi-finals for the first time since 2009.

Boss Mikel Arteta faces being without several of his key players heading into the trip to Germany. He is also dealing with the mental anguish of losing to Aston Villa on Sunday.

The defeat is a bitter blow to their title ambitions, with Manchester City now two points clear at the top of the Premier League. Here, Mirror Football rounds up all the latest Arsenal injury news.
Bukayo Saka

As against Manchester City and Bayern Munich, Bukayo Saka was seen limping towards the end of the defeat to Villa. The winger remained on the pitch to complete the game, having struggled to make much of an impact.

The England international has only just returned from two weeks on the sidelines with injury. But Arteta gave no hints that he was concerned Saka would again be ruled out, with the Gunners star expected to feature in the second leg against Bayern.

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Martin Odegaard

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 14: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal looks dejected following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on April 14, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Captain Martin Odegaard was forced off in the final stages of the defeat to Aston Villa

While he started against Villa, Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard was forced off with 10 minutes remaining. Emile Smith Rowe replaced the Norwegian for the final stages of the potentially-crucial defeat.

Arteta declined to give many details of Odegaard’s issue, simply saying: “He was feeling something. He could not continue.” With few hints on a return date, Odegaard could be available against Bayern.
Gabriel

Gabriel picked up a knock in the win over Brighton, but returned to feature against Bayern last week. The defender started again against Villa, putting any suggestions of an injury to bed and he is fully fit for the trip to Germany later this week.
Gabriel Jesus

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal looks on before the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on March 31, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Gabriel Jesus has complained of pain in his knee

Star striker Gabriel Jesus revealed last week that he has been playing through the pain this season. Arteta insisted the Brazilian was tough enough to keep the pain at bay, though admitted he may have to manage the striker’s minutes.

Arteta said on Friday: “In elite sport to play without pain, I think it is very difficult. Gabi has this toughness and this character that he always wants to overcome [it]. He has overcome some difficulties in terms of injuries and he is ready again.”

Though he likely is still suffering through the pain, Jesus started against Villa on Sunday. He was taken off late on as Arsenal searched for a goal, but there are no suggestions he’ll miss the trip to Bayern.
Jurrien Timber

Summer signing Jurrien Timber suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury on the opening day of the season. He has been recovering from the problem since then and recently returned to training, though Arteta has given no hint of an estimated return date.

“Still he’s got a few steps to make. He needs to play at least a game with the 23s. We’re going to have an in house game too soon. He’s done everything in training,” Arteta said recently.

“Now it’s about getting him match fit, having people around him and competing in a football match which is different to training. From what we’ve seen in training and the time that he was fit, he’s going to have a big, big impact in the team.”

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