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Arteta calls for bigger squads as Arsenal suffer double injury blow

Gabby usually surprises us, so I can't give you a timeline, but there's something there

After revealing on Friday that Thomas Partey and Gabriel Jesus would be sidelined for several weeks, Mikel Arteta of Arsenal urged the Premier League to think about expanding its squad sizes.

In the Champions League victory against Sevilla during the midweek, esus, 26, appeared to have injured his hamstring, while Partey, 30, was out due to a muscle ailment.

At a news conference, Arteta stated, “The scan indicates that there is a muscle injury (for Jesus) and we might lose him for a few weeks again.”

“Gabby usually surprises us, so I can’t give you a timeline, but there’s something there.

“It’s true that he’s had a lot on his plate these past few weeks with the national team and playing those games, which he hasn’t done in a very long time. He felt it in a very awkward action. That is truly unfortunate news for us.

According to Arteta, the team is still unsure of Partey’s injury’s severity.

“He has more tests today but he picked up that injury in a training session with the last kick of the ball before Sevilla, so very unfortunate,” he stated.

The manager of Arsenal thinks that increasing the squad size beyond the present 25 could relieve players of some of the pressure.

Every team that advances to the Champions League from the upcoming season will have to play eight games, and in 2025, the Club World Cup will increase to include 32 teams.

“We have to do that (increase the squad size) or instead of five subs, we have ten if we have more games, more competitiveness and physically the standards are higher – by playing more minutes,” he stated the night before his team’s game against Sheffield United, the bottom team.

“While having five subs is now commonplace, the transition from three to five was somewhat contentious. I can’t even begin to think how tough it would be to play the game in the circumstances we have now—without five substitutes—after last year’s World Cup.

“We would definitely need to consider maintaining the quality if the schedule were to stretch. The only way to accomplish it is if players must select and have a specific availability.”

After nine games, the unbeaten Gunners, who finished second last season, are two points behind leaders Tottenham in the Premier League standings.


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