Arsenal absentee crisis sees eight stars potentially out of West Ham clash

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may have to make changes this weekend with up to eight stars potentially missing the clash with West Ham.

The Gunners got their new Premier League campaign off to a perfect start with a 3-0 win at promoted side Fulham.

They were boosted even further this week with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang putting pen to paper on a new three-year contract.

Though Arteta may have a headache ahead of Saturday’s clash with West Ham with a number of first-team players on the treatment table.

Granit Xhaka started at Craven Cottage, but received treatment after appearing to suffer a knock to the ankle.

He remained on the pitch though PremierInjuries suggest that he is still being assessed by club staff ahead of Saturday.

David Luiz is also being assessed having missed the win over Fulham with a neck injury, suffered during the Community Shield victory over Liverpool.

Pablo Mari has still not returned to action after picking up an injury during the clash with Manchester City in June, though he is able to now run outside.

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Defender Sokratis should be in full training by the end of the week following a thigh strain while Calum Chambers remains out having ruptured his ACL against Chelsea back in December.

Shkodran Mustafi is hopeful of returning to full training next month after suffering a hamstring injury while Emile Smith-Rowe is struggling with a shoulder issue.

Gabriel Martinelli, who burst onto the scene last season, is set to miss the rest of 2020 after suffering a knee cartilage injury.

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On Martinelli, Arsenal previously revealed he has had a “successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee”.

Arsenal could have a new face in the squad with reports suggesting they hope to sign goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon in time for the clash with West Ham.

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