Arsenal hit hard as star player set to withdraw from national team due to extent of injury – report
Arsenal defender William Saliba is set to withdraw from the French national team due to injury, according to RMC Sport. Saliba suffered a back injury in his UEFA Europa League second leg match against Sporting CP in the Emirates on 16 March.
The central defender was part of France’s squad for the upcoming UEFA Euro qualifying matches against Holland and Ireland. However, Saliba may have to be left out of the squad.
Saliba He has made 33 appearances for the North Londoners this season, helping the club keep 13 clean sheets throughout the competition. He also made one appearance for Les Bleus at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The 21-year-old has represented the French national team eight times so far in his international career.
Arsenal captain Martin Audegaard stressed the importance of the rest of the season.
Arsenal lost a heartbreaking penalty shootout to Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League.
However, club captain Martin Audegaard urged the team not to take defeat to heart. Premier League Every game amounts to a cup final for the league leaders.
After the Europa League match, Odegaard said (via Arsenal’s official website):
“There are 11 finals left and that’s the main focus right now. Easy recovery and a change of focus has already started in the dressing room, so that’s what we have to do. is”
arsenal They will play Crystal Palace at home in the Premier League on March 19th.
“Obviously some players are tired after playing the whole game, but we’ve recovered well and will be in good shape for Sunday. That’s the only thing we can do now. is.”
The Gunners have 66 points in 27 games. They currently have a five-point lead over second-placed Manchester City.
The match against Crystal Palace will be North London’s final game before the international break begins.