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Arsenal give Aubameyang and Martinelli update ahead of Chelsea clash

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Arsenal have issued an update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli ahead of their crunch clash with Chelsea at the weekend.

Arsenal will continue to monitor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli and remain hopeful both players would be hopeful for the boxing day clash with Chelsea.

The club’s captain has been nursing a calf issue for a week and missed the games with Everton and Manchester City. However, he could be close to a return to full action.

The Gunners can also breathe a sigh of relief with Gabriel Martinelli. The youngster had to be subbed off early in the second half of Tuesday’s defeat to City.

The 19-year-old did well to calm fears about his injury after posting on Instagram yesterday that the issue was nothing ‘serious’.

In a similar fashion to Aubameyang, Arsenal are also hopeful he could be available to play a part against Chelsea at the weekend.

Martinelli was the only bright spot in the Gunners’ defeat to City and his potential availability would be welcome news for Mikel Arteta.

The club issued an update on both players alongside summer signing Thomas Partey via a statement on their website.

On Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: “Right calf. Sustained a slight calf strain in training last week. Auba is working hard with our medical team in order to regain full fitness as soon as possible. Has now joined outside drills and will continue to be assessed regarding availability ahead of Saturday.”

On Gabriel Martinelli: “Right shin. Sustained heavy impact and bruising to right shin during our match against Manchester City on Tuesday. Gabi is recovering well and we hope he will be able to participate in full training ahead of Saturday.”

On Thomas Partey: “Left thigh. Sustained a thigh strain during Tottenham Hotspur (a) on December 6. Thomas is currently unavailable, but is progressing well to now working outside on close ball work, together with the continued focus on his overall fitness rehabilitation.”

Aubameyang and Martinelli are yet to feature in the same game this season and they both face a race against time to be in contention for that to happen.