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Arsenal confirm Kieran Tierney is out for the season with a knee injury, while key men Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu struggle for fitness


Mikel Arteta’s plans to ‘regroup’ and go on to defeat Crystal Palace have taken a setback with Kieran Tierney out for the rest of the season, while Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu are also out.

Arsenal’s assault on a top four hit a speed bump in their last outing as they were heavily beaten by Palace.

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Arteta was left looking over his shoulder following the loss to Palace

Arsenal confirm Kieran Tierney is out for the season with a knee injury, while key men Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu struggle for fitness

And things got worse with Tierney then ruled out for the season

Things got further complicated as rivals for a Champions League spot Tottenham recorded a 5-1 win over Newcastle to move level on points with one more game played.

Defeat would have been hard to take anyway for Arteta against Gunners legend Patrick Vieira, but injuries made matters even worse.

Left-back Tierney will miss the rest of the season after the club’s medical team decided his knee injury would require surgery.

The Scottish defender picked up an injury in international duty and will likely miss his side’s World Cup qualifying play-off with Ukraine in June.

Partey is also likely to miss playing time after coming to rest with a thigh problem at Selhurst Park which allowed Wilfred Zaha to pass him, leading to the penalty which the Ivorian scored.

However, summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu could soon offer a boost, with the club booking him for a comeback against Southampton on April 16.


Arsenal confirm Kieran Tierney is out for the season with a knee injury, while key men Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu struggle for fitness

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Partey had a tough night against Palace in more ways than one

Arsenal confirm Kieran Tierney is out for the season with a knee injury, while key men Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu struggle for fitness

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And the Gunners are desperately hoping that Tomiyasu [left] be back soon

The Japan international had shone since arriving from Bologna for £15.5million last year, but a calf injury has kept him out since February.

Tierney’s injury is likely to hit Arsenal the hardest, with replacement left-back Nuno Tavares once again attracting attention with an early replacement.

The 22-year-old Portuguese defender was retired against Nottingham Forest after just 35 minutes in January, and was only allowed ten minutes in the next ten matches.

Tavares returned home against Palace but only played in the first half before being taken off by Arteta, who later apologized to the defender.

Arsenal confirm Kieran Tierney is out for the season with a knee injury, while key men Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu struggle for fitness

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Arteta will have to rely on Tavares, whom he has given limited opportunities

He said: “Today was just a tactical reason to explain how I wanted to do it with what Palace were doing and how we could attack and control the game much better in that position.

“We wanted to put another attacking midfielder with Emile [Smith Rowe] in this space and that was the only reason. I’m sorry it’s Nuno again, but we had to.

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