How Arsenal should line up against Fulham with Odegaard update

Martin Odegaard and Kieran Tierney were both ill during the week and missed Thursday’s 2-2 Europa League draw with Sporting in Lisbon. Leandro Trossard was also absent after injuring his groin against Bournemouth last weekend.

Arsenal will hope Odegaard and Tierney are back in the squad against Fulham, but is unclear if Trossard will be. Eddie Nketiah looks a huge doubt for the game also due to an ankle injury.

Captain Odegaard had been feeling sick earlier this week but felt better on Wednesday and trained with the squad before flying to Lisbon.

The midfielder then felt unwell again on Thursday morning and had to pull out of the game. He is recovering well and hopes to play against Fulham.

Striker Gabriel Jesus is back in training, however Arsenal are carefully building him back up after knee surgery in December.

Sunday will likely be too early for him, but there is a chance he makes a matchday squad before the international demolish in just over a week’s time.

Emile Smith Rowe is pushing to start against Fulham. Reiss Nelson was picked ahead of him on Thursday, but he struggled in Lisbon. Mohamed Elneny is still out.

Predicted Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Martinelli, Smith Rowe.

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Venue: Craven Cottage

Referee: David Coote

Arsenal squad from: Hein, Ramsdale, Turner; Gabriel, Holding, Kiwior, Saliba, Tierney, Tomiyasu, White, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe, Trossard, Vieira, Xhaka; Jesus, Martinelli, Nelson.

Injured: Elneny (knee), Nketiah (ankle)

Doubts: Jesus (knee), Trossard (groin), Odegaard (ill), Tierney (ill)