The Gunners boss has provided injury updates on three key players ahead of the trip to Wolves in the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta has conceded Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney will probably be last-minute doubts for Arsenal’s trip to Wolves on Tuesday, but he expects Alexandre Lacazette to be available.
A 0-0 draw against Manchester United on Saturday preserved Arsenal’s upturn in form, having lost just once in their last nine games across all competitions. And with only a two-point gap between the 10th-placed side and Tottenham at sixth, they head to Molineux eager to snatch the 10th victory of their Premier League campaign.
Although Saka and Tierney both missed the United match last weekend with hip and leg injuries respectively.
Asked if the duo will return to face Wolves during his pre-match conference on Monday, Arteta replied: “We don’t know yet.
“Today we’ve got a training session and they haven’t been able to train with us yet, so I think it will be really difficult for them. But I don’t know, we’re going to try to last-minute see how they are feeling.”
Lacazette, meanwhile, had a nasty collision with United captain Harry Maguire. The Gunners top-scorer fell awkwardly on his head and had to be taken off late into Saturday’s match, but he did assure fans on social media of his well-being afterward.
Alexandre Lacazette on Instagram story, responding to his heavy collision with Harry Maguire: “All good over on this side. Thanks to the doctors for the support and fans for your concern ❤️♣️” [IG story: lacazettealex]
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 30, 2021
“We have to follow the protocols, that we have to test him and make an x-ray,” said Arteta on Lacazette.
“He was completely fine after the game, he was fine yesterday and he has slept well. I’m expecting him to be available.”
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also doubtful, as he serves a period in isolation due to COVID-19 protocols after visiting his ill mother, along with Dani Ceballos and Pablo Mari.