Mikel Arteta will be aiming to get Arsenal’s season back on track after his team extended their winless run to four consecutive games after a late capitulation at home to Slavia Prague.
The Gunners’ have been in dire form of late, and now face an uphill battle to progress through to the Europa League semi-final after conceding a 93rd minute away goal to the Czech Republic outfit.
Nicolas Pepe’s 88th minute strike looked to have given The Gunners’ a huge advantage ahead of next week’s second leg, but some lacklustre defending from a late corner leaves Arsenal with the thankless task of having to score at least one goal against a Slavia side who are unbeaten at home in 20 matches.
Arteta cut a furious figure as Arsenal sacrificed what appeared to be a certain win, his side were instead left to rue a number of spurned chances.
Arsenal’s domestic form has left them way off the pace in the race for top four, but a win at Bramall Lane against a struggling Sheffield United side may be enough to revitalise a late surge for a top six finish.
Ahead of the clash, here is a round-up of all the very latest Arsenal injury news in one place.
Arguably the most damaging injury of all for Arteta’s men, Tierney faces yet another lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Scottish full-back’s time in north London has been littered with injuries sandwiched either side of promising performances.
Though the club confirmed the 23-year-old will not have to undergo any form of surgery, they did issue an update that made for grim reading for any Arsenal fan: “Kieran sustained ligament damage to his left knee during Saturday’s match against Liverpool.
“Surgery will not be required and it’s hoped that Kieran will be back in full training within four to six weeks.”
Odegaard’s absence was sorely felt in Arsenal’s feeble draw with Slavia, the Gunners bereft of any real creativity without the talented midfielder.
The Real Madrid loanee, who has been in fine form in recent weeks, is also feared to be ruled out of the tie’s second-leg due to an ankle problem.
Odegaard left Arsenal fans a bag of nerves when it appeared he had rolled his ankle while away on international duty, but the 22-year-old was fit enough to last the full 90 minutes of last weekend’s abysmal 3-0 defeat at home to Liverpool.
When asked about Odegaard’s chances of featuring in Prague, Arteta conceded: “I don’t know, he wasn’t able to play today and he will be out, I think, for the next game or two. But we don’t know yet.”
David Luiz was forced to go under the knife as part of his recovery from a minor knee injury.
The Brazilian last featured in the gripping 3-3 draw away at West Ham, but is now facing a short stint on the side-lines while he recovers from the operation.
A club statement read: “The procedure has been a success and David is now back at home rehabilitating.
“He will be able to return to daily support and recovery with our medical team at the training centre in the coming days.
“David is expected to be back to full fitness and available for selection in the upcoming weeks.”
Arsenal’s star striker is in the midst of his toughest time in a Gunners shirt yet.
Infamously dropped for the recent north London derby over what Mikel Arteta described as a ‘discipline issue’, Aubameyang was left on the bench again against Slavia Prague until the 77th minute despite carrying no injuries.