Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard will miss the trip to Brentford due to an injury he picked up last week.
The 23-year-old midfielder suffered a stroke in training last weekend and will not be part of Thomas Frank’s Bees squad on matchday.
The Norway international has returned to training but will not be there as he has not been able to prepare for Sunday’s trip to west London, according to The Athletic.
Odegaard has previously missed just four games for Arsenal through injury when he was sidelined in April 2021 with an ankle problem.
It’s a blow to boss Mikel Arteta given his impressive start to the new season after scoring three goals in the Gunners’ first six Premier League games.
Left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko is also absent with a minor issue said to be a calf injury, but neither of the injuries to either key player are believed to be serious.
Zinchenko has also withdrawn from Ukraine’s squad for the forthcoming international break in order to be fully fit for Arsenal’s next home game, which is set to take on bitter rivals Tottenham in early October.
Ex-captain Granit Xhaka has taken over the captain’s armband for the game against Brentford.
Arsenal can climb back to the top of the Premier League with a win at Brentford after Manchester City and Tottenham climbed ahead of them after two wins yesterday.
The Gunners have won five of their first six league games this season and saw their 100 per cent start ended by Manchester United earlier this month.