The Gunners boss has provided positive updates on three of his players ahead of the Premier League London derby on Thursday.
Thomas Partey is ready to return to the Arsenal line-up while Gabriel Magalhaes could also be available for the clash against Crystal Palace, confirms Mikel Arteta.
Partey made a deadline day switch to Emirates in the summer but fitness issues has prevented him to fully integrate into his new team.
The former Atletico Madrid man has been out of action for about a month now ever since sustaining a thigh injury in the derby defeat against Tottenham on December 6.
Magalhaes, meanwhile, has been self-isolating after contracting COVID-19 and has not featured in his side’s last four matches.
“Thomas has been in full training for the last four or five days. He’s completely asymptomatic,” Arteta said of Partey in his pre-match press conference.
“He was a little bit rushed to try to play him against Newcastle, but I think he will be ready for Thursday.”
“Gabriel had a training session the other day,” the Spaniard added on Magalhaes. “He tested positive, he had very mild symptoms, so he’s missed a few weeks of training because he had to be isolated.
“He’s better now, we expect him to be training with us the next couple of days and we’ll make an assessment whether we can have him or not on Thursday.
Gabriel Martinelli had picked up an injury during the warm-up for Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Newcastle.
The initial signs did ‘not look good’ for Martinelli, who returned to action only in December after a prolonged absence, but he will not have to spend too much time on the sidelines.
“We don’t know how bad it is, he’s getting a scan this morning,” Arteta informed. “He didn’t look good after the game because he was in a lot of pain, but yesterday he tested a little bit better.
“So let’s hope he has the scan and it’s not as serious and we can have Gabi back really soon. But we will know more on Tuesday.”