Holding and Party updates and confirmed Arsenal team news and injury updates ahead of Benfica clash


Arsenal are faced with a long trip to Greece and back this week to take on Benfica in their ‘home’ half of their two-legged round of 32 tie against Benfica having drawn the away tie 1-1 in Rome.

Which Arsenal players will be making the five-hour, 3,000 mile round-trip is of much intrigue to Gunners fans. With the likes of Thomas Partey nearing a return from injury, and Rob Holding suffering from a potential concussion injury all eyes will be on the touring party later this week.

Having drawn 1-1 with Benfica in the round of 32 first-leg meeting last week, the Gunners know that a goalless draw will see them progress to the next round.

And ahead of that game, we have rounded up all the latest Arsenal injury news. Join us below.

Thomas Partey

The Ghanian international has missed Arsenal last three games with a hamstring injury suffered earlier in February against Aston Villa and is closing in on a return.

Partey has been pictured involved at Arsenal London Colney training ground, however, his session seemed to be an individual one and not as part of the main group.

Thomas Partey of Arsenal receives medical treatment (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Partey was rushed back from injury earlier in the season against London rivals Tottenham but failed to see out the game after aggravating his hamstring once more and hobbling off the pitch as Spurs raced on the pitch to score.

It is unlikely Arsenal will risk such a swift return this time around.

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Rob Holding

Gunners centre-back Holding was accidentally caught on the back of the head by Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo late in the game on Sunday afternoon and was the subject of the Premier League’s first concussion substitution.

The defender was taken from the field and assessed for a potential concussion, and as is the new protocol will undergo further concussion tests this week.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was under the impression that Holding had indeed suffered from a concussion.

Defender Rob Holding was taken off against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images).

As such he will be rested from the squad until he has passed a series of concussion tests and deemed fit to return to action.

The other men to be substituted against Manchester City Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe, and Martin Odegaard were to taken off with any injury worries and are expected to be included in the touring party for Greece.

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