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Arsenal set to miss key man for Premier League opener

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Ahead of Arsenal’s season opener in the Premier League, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to be a no-show at Brentford.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly set to miss Arsenal’s opening game of the new Premier League season at Brentford.

The Gunners kick off their campaign on Friday night hoping to extract all three points against newcomers Brentford, who won promotion through the Championship playoffs last term.

According to Goal, Aubameyang is a major doubt for the showdown in west London. The Arsenal captain has missed training for the last two days amid rumors he has been ill all week.

The 32-year-old previously played in all six of the club’s pre-season games but didn’t score in any of them. Therefore, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta may choose to replace him with Bukayo Saka on the left flank.

At the time of writing, Arsenal are to give any official confirmation of Aubameyang’s status for the match.

Who else is missing for the Gunners?

The other three players set to miss out are Thomas Partey, Eddie Nketiah, and Gabriel Magalhaes.

An ankle injury has sidelined Partey, who hopes to return to training by end of the month. Nketiah is also out with an ankle problem, while Gabriel suffered a knee injury whilst with the Brazilian Olympic Squad, and Alexandre Lacazette is reportedly suffering from illness.

Rob Holding, meanwhile, could feature in Arteta’s squad after returning to training.