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Worry situation: After Odeegard, two major players are injured and will miss the game vs Tottenham

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Smith Rowe continues to be troubled by his ongoing groin injury.

He has not featured since the defeat at Manchester United, when he was seen to pull up during the post-match warm down and looked visibly upset as he trudged off the pitch while in conversation with a member of the Arsenal coaching staff.

Speaking about Smith Rowe on September 7, Mikel Arteta said: “He felt discomfort in an area that [he’s been dealing with] now for a few weeks.”

Expected return date: This remains unclear, but the Smith Rowe is a doubt for Arsenal’s game against Tottenham on October 1.

What about Mohamed Elneny?

Elneny injured his hamstring in the win against Fulham on August 27.

The Egypt international completed the game, but the extent of the problem became clear soon after.

“With Mo, we’re talking months,” Arteta said, when offering an update on Elneny’s recovery timetable on September 2.

Expected return date: It’s currently unclear how long Elneny will be sidelined, but early suggestions are that he might not be available until January at the earliest.

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