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Arteta on Reiss Nelson and the latest team news

What is the latest on Reiss Nelson?

Our young forward has not featured since the start of December after a string of eye-catching performances - and Mikel Arteta has confirmed it is down to a small fitness issue.

This is what he told the media:

on Reiss Nelson’s absence…
Yeah, he had a little niggle and he’s not been feeling 100 per cent. He had a muscular issue and he’s been in and out of training. He’s not 100 per cent and it’s a shame because I felt like he was getting into his performance levels and he was starting to have some really good games. He was starting to build that momentum and this little injury has set him back a little bit, but I think this week has been much better. It was my mistake to not verify the situation with what’s been happening, but he’s not been 100 per cent fit and that’s the reason why he’s been out.

on the latest team news…
We will see today, some players had to come in yesterday to get assessed after the game, we had a couple of knocks. Then we had players that have been through all the Covid regulations with different individuals which I think we will recover for the game against West Brom, but it will be between today and tomorrow to see who is available, who is fit and how everybody is feeling.
 on Bukayo Saka’s fitness…
I hope he is available, we will see today if he is training or not. He has played a lot of minutes as well. I am confident he will be okay for the game.

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