• Arsenal will play their 12th game in 39 days after restart
  • ‘We had to expose our players and we had some bad injuries’

Mikel Arteta says he is concerned about the physical condition of Arsenal’s squad, with a number of high-profile injuries having been sustained in a congested summer.

Arsenal will contest their 12th game in 39 days when they conclude their Premier League campaign against Watford on Sunday and will do so without a number of players. They include Shkodran Mustafi, who hurt a hamstring in the FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City and will miss next Saturday’s final, and Arteta believes the schedule has played a significant part in the absentee list.

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