Mustafi, Martinelli, Smith Rowe – Arsenal injury news and return dates

All the updates you need ahead of the Gunners home clash with West Ham United on Saturday.

Arsenal will remain without five first-team stars for their return to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Gunners will play host to West Ham United in the Premier League looking to continue their winning start to the 2020/21 season.

Their opening day clash with London neighbours Fulham couldn’t have gone much better with goals for Gabriel, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette helping Mikel Arteta’s side to a 3-0 win on the banks of the river.

There were concerns surrounding three of Arteta’s substituted players at Craven Cottage with Willian, Granit Xhaka and Lacazette all making way late on.

But it is understood that none of the trio are injured with all changes being purely tactical.

Here is Arsenal’s injury list in FULL as we head toward’s Saturday’s game.

David Luiz
The 33-year-old is thought to still be an injury concern the visit of West Ham due to a neck complaint during the Community Shield victory against Liverpool on August 29, as first reported by The Athletic.

Joining Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers on the injury list, this could sway the Gunners even more to keeping Rob Holding at the club.

The centre-back has been linked with a move to Newcastle United on loan but even with the signing of Gabriel, Arsenal will need as many bodies as possible at centre-back with the aforementioned trio injured and Sokratis not a part of Arteta’s plans.

Pablo Mari
The Spaniard suffered a season-ending ankle injury early in his third game as an Arsenal player, limping out of a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City after just 24 minutes. Still, the Gunners had seen enough on the training ground and in his previous two games – wins over Portsmouth and West Ham prior to lockdown – to activate the £8million purchase option and make him a permanent addition to their squad.

Mari underwent surgery on his ankle and carried out successful rehabilitation work at the Recover medical centre in Cambrils which allowed Arsenal to push forward the timescale of his recovery.

A return to full training is expected to come later this month though with an international break after the home game against Sheffield United on October 3 Arsenal may opt to wait for the next tranche of fixtures rather than rush Mari back into the squad.

Calum Chambers
Sidelined since the home defeat to Chelsea on December 29, Chambers will know that there is a long way to go before he is back to the impressive form he was showing early in the 2019/20 season.

Indeed as Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin can attest the process of recovering from an ACL injury is far from over even when the player dons his jersey and returns to competitive action. That moment is still some way away for Chambers although he is expected to return to pitch and ball work in the coming weeks.

Arsenal have been reluctant to put a timescale on Chambers injury and in an official update could only offer the nebulous news that the 25-year-old is “aiming to be back in full training as soon as possible this calendar year”.

Shkodran Mustafi
The German was enjoying something of a renaissance under Arteta and had been particularly impressive in the FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City only to suffer a hamstring injury in its closing minutes.

Mustafi underwent a minor medical procedure in the immediate aftermath of the injury, which Arteta confirmed was a pull to the “tendon of the bone of his hamstring”. So far the 28-year-old’s rehabilitation programme has been focused on gym work.

Arsenal confirmed last month that it will be October before Mustafi is back in first team training and it could be some time after that before he has the sharpness to return to a match environment.

Gabriel Martinelli
Losing the young Brazilian a week into the Premier League’s restart was a bitter blow for Arteta and Arsenal, who had seen Martinelli emerge as a star of the future in a rookie season where he scored 10 and provided four assists in 26 games.

Martinelli underwent surgery on his knee in June and was able to travel back to Brazil with a tailored rehabilitation programme. He returned to London late last month to step up his preparations.

However it will be some time indeed before the 19-year-old is able to make his return after an injury that required extensive management and treatment from Arsenal’s medical team.

The Gunners hope that Martinelli will be back in first team training before 2020 is over but there is a possibility that he will have to wait until 2021 to make his return.

Emile Smith Rowe
Emile Smith Rowe’s start to the season has been hampered by an injury to his shoulder that has stopped him from challenging for a spot amongst Arteta’s side.

It is said that the youngster is currently having to wear a protective sling to protect his arm but that a return to training will be on the cards as soon as doctors give him the all-clear to remove it.

Smith Rowe enjoyed an impressive loan spell last term with Championship Huddersfield making 19 appearances during the second half of the season.

He was briefly linked with a loan exit once against but now looks set to stay with the Gunners for the 2020-21 season.