Arsenal news: Granit Xhaka gives Gabriel Jesus update amid sickness issue ahead of Fulham

Arsenal face a difficult task against Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday after returning from Sporting Lisbon where they faced injury problems and managed a draw

Arteta previews Arsenal’s Premier League trip to Fulham

Arsenal are preparing to face Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday after returning from Portugal following his Europa League exploits.

The Gunners drew 2-2 at Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night in an entertaining round of 16 first leg. Though Mikel Arteta was reluctant to rotate his squad too much this season, the game saw starts for Matt Turner, Jakub Kiwior, Fabio Vieira and Reiss Nelson.

Arteta will return to his strongest side on Sunday, with the trip to Craven Cottage a clear priority for Arsenal as they chase a first Premier League title in 19 years. They know they have a tough test ahead of them and Marco Silva’s side have been in excellent form lately.

Here’s the latest matchday news from Arsenal as they seek to restore their lead over Manchester City to five points after Erling Haaland’s penalty gave Pep Guardiola’s side a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday night.

Xhaka informs Jesus

Arsenal are likely to be without Eddie Nketiah and Leandro Trossard for the journey through London to Fulham through injury. That should again play a central role for Gabriel Martinelli, who moved in from the wing against Sporting.

Gabriel Jesus is back in training after his knee injury at the World Cup but missed the trip to Portugal. He is unlikely to be fit enough for the Fulham game – and Granit Xhaka is desperate for him to return.

“We also lost Eddie, so it’s much more important to have Gabi back,” he said Thursday night. “Leo is also injured and can play in this position.

“I hope that step by step Gabi becomes 100 percent fit to help this team because we know he can help us. With his attitude, with his personality, he is very, very important to us.”

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