Arsenal full squad for Porto as Mikel Arteta to make Gabriel Martinelli decision

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates with Kai Havertz, Jakub Kiwior and Declan Rice during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on March 04, 2024 in Sheffield, England. 

Mikel Arteta is close to having the ideal set-up ahead of Arsenal's Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Porto on Tuesday. The Gunners are aiming to overturn a one-goal deficit having lost the away clash two weeks ago.

Having been out of Europe for such a long period, and the record in the early to mid-2010s being middling at best, it is the biggest night at the Emirates Stadium for some time. Coming off the back of an emotional but crucial 2-1 win over Brentford on Saturday, Arteta is set to have almost his entire squad available.

Having welcomed back key trio Gabriel Jesus, Thomas Partey, and Fabio Vieira in the 6-0 victory at Sheffield United one week ago, there are now very few injury problems for the manager to consider. Oleksandr Zinchenko made his own return against the Bees as a substitute whilst Takehiro Tomiyasu is now in training with his teammates as well.

The Japanese defender will be in contention to feature against Porto after getting back onto the grass at the Sobha Realty Training Ground on Monday. He has been out since the turn of the year with fitness problems either side of the Asia Cup.

"We still have 24 hours and we’re trying to have everybody fit and available," Arteta said ahead of the game. "Not many updates." He added: "He [Tomiyasu] did the first part [of training]."

If the 25-year-old is in contention then Gabriel Martinelli is surely out. He was seen on Saturday with a protective boot and walking on crutches after the game as he headed through the mixed zone and into the changing room by He unsurprisingly didn't train alongside his squad ahead of the match.

Arteta didn't go as far as to rule him out but the signs don't look positive in the short-term. "Percentage you want [of him to play]? There are options. Sorry to disappoint you," the boss explained.

Luckily for Arteta the Champions League rules allow him to name more substitutes than normal. His entire squad for the tournament can be named on the night as well as players from the B list on demand as well. It will leave him with no shortage of options, even if Martinelli and Tomiyasu aren't passed as fit to play.

Jurrien Timber is the only other injury concern and would be a surprise to see in the group after no specific update on his availability. The defender is training with his teammates but wasn't called upon against Brentford as his integration is managed carefully.

Goalkeepers: David Raya, Aaron Ramsdale, Karl Hein

Defenders: William Saliba, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Jakub Kiwior, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Cedric Soares

Midfielders: Jorginho, Declan Rice, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe, Thomas Partey, Fabio Vieira, Mohamed Elneny

Attackers: Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Jesus, Kai Havertz, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah

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