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Arsenal get William Saliba update ahead of Manchester City trip

Arsenal are expected to be without defender William Saliba for the trip to Manchester City after recent tests suggested the Frenchman had not made ‘sufficient’ progress from a back issue.


The centre-back has been out of action since injured his back in a Europa League defeat to Sporting Lisbon in March.

Saliba had forged a good relationship with Gabriel this season and the Gunners have sorely missed his leadership as Mikel Arteta’s side have seen their title bid falter in recent weeks.


There had been hope that, despite a bleak update from Arteta last Friday, that Saliba was working towards featuring for the title decider against City on Wednesday.

However, the Athletic report that the defender will miss the trip to the Etihad after the latest scan results showed Saliba had not made the progress that the club had hoped for.

In fact, while Arsenal are not setting a timeline on his comeback, the club worry Saliba could miss the balance of the campaign.


That would be a big blow to Arsenal’s title chances as Arteta’s team attempt to navigate the final weeks of the campaign.

Three points from the last nine means Arsenal must beat City at the Etihad to keep their title ambitions alive.


City have found peak form ahead of the showdown as they brushed off Sheffield United on Saturday to clinch a spot in the FA Cup final to meet rivals Manchester United.

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