How Arsenal could line up at Crystal Palace as Mikel Arteta gives injury updates on Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale

BUKAYO SAKA could return for Arsenal at Crystal Palace after recovering from Covid.

But Aaron Ramsdale looks set to remain sidelined for the trip to South London on Monday night.

Saka, 20, missed the recent England camp after contracting coronavirus.

However, Mikel Arteta revealed he has made a strong recovery and could therefore feature at Selhurt Park.

Ramsdale sat out of the 1-0 win at Aston Villa before the international break due to a hip injury.

And it looks as though Bernd Leno will keep his place in the side with the doubtful first-choice goalkeeper still not fully fit.


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Arteta said yesterday: "Bukayo is feeling good, he’s training today, hopefully, if he’s still feeling as he was yesterday.

“I don’t know how much he would have played [for England], sometimes when a player is in a good moment, you don’t want to stop it.

“It is what it is, he had Covid, we had to take him out of the national team. He had time to rest and recover and he’ll be trying again in the next few days to again hit the form that he was in.”

The Spaniard added: "Aaron is a doubt, he’s still feeling not great, he hasn’t trained yet and we don’t know what he’ll be able to do on Monday.

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“He wanted to play against Villa but it was a significant injury. He had to take his time.

"The physios are doing everything they can to make him available but we will see in the next few days when he starts to do real training.”

Arteta also revealed right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu, absent since January 20 through injuries, is nearing a return to action – although did not reveal whether that could come against the Eagles.

Therefore, Leno is set to start in goal for the Gunners with a back four of Cedric Soares, Ben White, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney.

Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard should make up the midfield three.

And that will leave Saka and probably Gabriel Martinelli to operate on the flanks either side of Alexandre Lacazette.

Although Emile Smith Rowe could retain his place from the win at Villa Park on March 19.

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