Arsenal injury latest and expected return dates including Mari and Martinelli

Arsenal return to Premier League action this weekend, undertaking one of their sternest tests of the season so far.

On Saturday afternoon, the north Londoners will travel to the Etihad Stadium to lock horns with fellow title hopefuls Manchester City.

The Gunners ran out 2-0 winners over Pep Guardiola's side in their last meeting, which last season's FA Cup semi-final.

Mikel Arteta's troops will be hard-pressed to leave the Etihad – where they haven't won in over five years – with all three points.

The Spaniard won't have his full complement of players ready for the trip Eastlands, details of which you can see below.

Mesut Ozil

The former Germany international is fit and ready to make his first appearance of the new season.

Arteta, however, appears to have frozen the 32-year-old out of the starting XI.

Barring a late injury crisis, it's highly unlikely he'll start this weekend's match.

Kieran Tierney

The left-back will likely not be available for selection as he's currently isolating following a COVID-19 breakout in the Scotland squad.

The former Celtic man has tested negative for COVID but has still been advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Arsenal: 16

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Chelsea: 3

Manchester City: 1

Liverpool: 0

His period of isolation has effectively ruled him out of this weekend's match, although Arsenal are currently seeking further advice before ruling him out of the game.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal's skipper is expected to lead the line at the Etihad after recovering from a minor ankle injury, which kept him out of international duty for Gabon.

The 31-year-old has been training this week and has shown no signs of his ankle still bothering him.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

The England new-boy will be fit for Saturday's trip to the northwest and will likely not be rested as he only played 36 minutes in the Three Lions' Nations League defeat to Denmark on Wednesday.

Pablo Mari

The defender is still on the sidelines with the ankle injury he suffered against City in June.

Mari, however, has been undergoing a strength programme and is set to make a return to full training within the next fortnight.

Callum Chambers

The former Fulham loanee is still recovering from the serious knee injury he suffered last December.

His recovery, however, has gone quicker than expected – so much so he's now resumed light training with the first team.

He's aiming to resume full training in the coming weeks with a view to returning to action later this month.

Gabriel Martinelli

The young forward is making a faster-than-expected recovery from his knee injury and is expecting to be back in action in the near future.

“I’m feeling very well, I’m regaining confidence and I can feel my knee is better,” he recently told the Arsenal's official website.

“After an injury like this you are kind of scared to force the knee again but the past couple of weeks it has been fine and soon I can start training with the ball."

Sokratis

The Greece international has yet to feature for the Gunners this season and is contention to make his first start of the new campaign.

Shkodran Mustafi

The Germany international is still the process of recovering from a long-running hamstring injury.

He, like Chambers, is targeting a return to full training in the coming weeks.

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