Martin Odegaard and Leandro Trossard sustain injuries in pre-season outing with Arteta sweating

Martin Odegaard and Leandro Trossard sustain injuries in pre-season outing with Arteta sweating

If Mikel Arteta wasn’t already frustrated by a comical own goal from 35 yards that equalized the score in Arsenal’s pre-season friendly, he might have been even more enraged upon learning about injuries to two of his key players.

Initially, Bukayo Saka gave the Gunners the lead against Nurnberg within seven minutes.

However, towards the end of the game, Jorginho, under pressure, unintentionally directed the ball into his own net, past his goalkeeper.

Fans present at the match may have questioned the absence of captain Martin Odegaard, considering it was reported that he was included in the starting lineup.

The Evening Standard pointed out that the Norwegian player had sustained an injury and was subsequently taken out of the team before the game began.

Currently, the full details and severity of the injury are not yet known.

His manager expressed concerns about Leandro Trossard’s condition after he played for an hour in the friendly match.

It was reported that Trossard was experiencing difficulties or discomfort, although the specific nature of his struggle was not specified.

“[Odegaard] and Leo are struggling,” Arteta told reporters after the match (h/t Evening Standard).

“And we had other players with issues picked up in the week so we have to be cautious.

“It’s pre-season and some of them have only had two or three training sessions so we’ll take it step by step.”

With the Premier League season commencing in only four weeks, Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are undoubtedly concerned about their players sustaining injuries and minor issues in matches that hold no significance beyond attracting decent crowds for local teams and providing players with an opportunity to regain match fitness.

Once the injuries have been properly assessed and diagnosed, Arteta will have a better understanding of when he can expect to have the duo back in action and at his disposal once again.

Martin Odegaard and Leandro Trossard sustain injuries in pre-season outing with Arteta sweating

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