Arteta provides updates on Zinchenko, Martinelli

Oleksandr Zinchenko

Mikel Arteta has played down fears that Oleksandr Zinchenko's calf injury is a long-term issue, and believes he'll be back before the World Cup break in November.

The Ukrainian defender missed our last three games with the issue, and hasn't featured since the north London derby win against Tottenham Hotspur at the start of the month, and also sat out training this afternoon alongside Gabriel Martinelli.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven tomorrow evening, Mikel said: "No they are not ruled out, but we will see tomorrow what we decide."

However he also provided a positive update on Oleksandr. When asked if he was worried about his current injury, he revealed: "No, I don’t think so. Obviously, he had a current injury in his calf and that’s why he’s been out for this period."

And when asked directly if he would be back before the World Cup, Arteta simply stated: "yes".

Read or watch the full press conference ahead of Thursday's game

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