Report: Arsenal star now a doubt to face Chelsea, could hand further advantage to Tuchel's side
Chelsea will be encouraged to learn Martin Odegaard is unlikely to feature for Arsenal in the Premier League clash on Sunday.
According to Sky Sports, Odegaard is on the verge of signing for the Gunners permanently from Real Madrid for £30m, following a successful loan spell last season.
He has reportedly completed his medical, with personal terms also agreed.
However, Sky say it is doubtful the Norwegian will face Chelsea this weekend because his visa application is still being sorted out.
This would be a shot to the spine for Arsenal, who desperately need a boost after their opening day defeat to Brentford.
Odegaard could certainly have provided an added level of quality and class going forward, as he did so often during his loan stint.
Mikel Arteta is already sweating over the fitness of three first-team attackers.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both missed the Brentford loss through illness.
Eddie Nketiah injured himself in the friendly fixture with Chelsea earlier this month.
The 22-year-old isn’t expected to be back fit for at least a few weeks.
Gunners running low on bullets
With Odegaard also potentially absent, Arteta will probably have to rely on the same young strike force that failed to score away to the Bees on matchday one.
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Whilst Arsenal wallow in pity, Chelsea can chuckle quietly at their London rival’s current predicament.
A weakened Gunners side is exactly the perfect opponent to unleash Romelu Lukaku against, who is already two days of training into his club-record move from Inter Milan.
Lukaku should be licking his lips at the thought of receiving service from the likes of Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Jorginho, Reece James and many more.
Not to mention salivating at the possibility of taking on a damaged Arsenal outfit.
Although, the Belgian’s prior record in this particular fixture does not make for great reading.
But past scriptures are there to be ripped up and re-written.
Arteta must be wishing he could add Odegaard to his storyline.