Arsenal face being without two of their key players upon their return from the international break.
It will be a tough return to club action for Arsenal when they visit Manchester City next Saturday. And their preparation for the match will not be made easier by the absence of an important duo.
Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has withdrawn from the Gabon squad while on international duty. The striker is now feeling the effects of a sprained ankle, which he suffered in Arsenal’s most recent Premier League game against Sheffield United.
It puts his availability for the City clash in doubt, with his national boss saying he will be absent for one week.
Patrice Neveu told RFI: “Aubameyang suffers from a small sprained ankle, contracted on Sunday, during the Premier League match against Sheffield.
“The Arsenal doctor sent me a certificate indicating his unavailability. He is in care for a week.”
Aubameyang has been ever-present for Arsenal in the Premier League so far this season.
Arsenal also to be without Tierney
Another absentee for Arsenal’s next match will be Kieran Tierney, who is currently in self-isolation.
The defender has returned three negative tests for Covid-19, but having been in close contact with Scotland teammate Stuart Armstrong, who has tested positive, must quarantine for 14 days.
Arsenal are exploring their options with the situation, as they would like Tierney to be released from self-isolation so he can play against City. They argue that the full-back was socially distant from Armstrong at all times.
However, Scottish health officials have so far denied Tierney special dispensation.
“I’m so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation,” the 23-year-old has said.
“I have adhered to all regulations and made sure I was socially distancing from my team-mates in the hotel. I’ve also tested negative.
“I know Arsenal and the SFA are now in discussion with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding.”