Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are out to prove that their 2022/23 Premier League title challenge was no fluke.
The Gunners pushed Manchester City all the way last season, only falling away as Pep Guardiola's side upped the ante, and have added significant depth to their squad after signing Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber.
The latter unfortunately suffered a serious knee injury on the first day of the season, with Arteta already struggling to balance a number of other niggles to key players.
Here's who's currently on the treatment table in north London and when Arsenal fans can expect to see them back in action.
- Issue: Torn ACL
- Potential Return: Unknown
Jurrien Timber was poised to play a big role for Arsenal during his debut campaign, but the Dutchman tore his ACL on matchday 1 of the Premier League season against Nottingham Forest and will miss much of 2023/24 as a result.
The versatile defender is said to be progressing well in his recovery and is expected to return at some point this season. However, it won't be for a while until we see Timber suit up again.
March 2024 has been touted as a potential return date for the former Ajax star.
- Issue: Thigh injury
- Potential Return: Out for the rest of 2023
Thomas Partey's absence in midfield hasn't been felt as greatly as it could have been because of the exceptional start to Declan Rice's Arsenal career.
But the 30-year-old's thigh problem has certainly hindered the Gunners, despite results being strong at the start of the season. Partey hasn't featured since he appeared off the bench in Arsenal's 1-0 win over Manchester City before the international break and the midfielder isn't expected to return to action until the new year.
Partey underwent minor thigh surgery in a bid to resolve a nagging issue.
Emile Smith Rowe
- Issue: Knee injury
- Potential Return: December 2023
Smith Rowe had been gaining some momentum in Arsenal colours before he was struck by yet another injury blow.
Having seemingly overcome a nagging groin injury after undergoing surgery in September 2022, Smith Rowe's latest setback is a knee problem.
It's not known exactly when the spritely playmaker will make his comeback, with Arteta merely suggesting the Englishman would be out for a "few weeks" at the start of November.