Arsenal return to Europa League action on Thursday night when they face Slavia Prague at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners will be desperate to take a home advantage to the Czech Republic and to put one foot into the second leg on Thursday with their chances of qualifying for Europe likely hinging on their hopes of winning this competition.
But Arsenal had the worst possible preparation for this game, losing 3-0 after an abject display against Liverpool in the Premier League over the weekend.
Mikel Arteta‘s men will need to respond here as they look to progress in Europe and keep their season alive, though they face a tough test with Slavia proving a tricky opponent this season.
Arsenal know that if they are to have the best chance of dispatching their Czech opponents, they will need a number of key players at their disposal come Thursday night, including a few who were forced to sit out Saturday night’s dismal showing against Liverpool.
Here is the very latest on the Arsenal injury front.
Bukayo Saka‘s last league outing for Arsenal came away at West Ham, where the teenager played 74 minutes before being substituted with a hamstring strain.
Asked recently about whether Saka and others could return, Arteta said: “I don’t know. Today I cannot answer to that because I don’t know.”
But the winger has since been spotted in training, suggesting he will be fit to play some part here.
Emile Smith Rowe
Smith Rowe also failed to make the squad on Saturday due to what Arteta described as ‘tightness in his quad’. Though the playmaker could come back into contention on Thursday.
Smith Rowe is another who took part in training on Tuesday and he should be in contention to feature.
The Swiss midfielder has been somewhat of a stalwart in the Arsenal midfield since he signed in 2016, barely ever missing a fixture through injury.
However, Xhaka reportedly fell unwell on Friday morning, inevitably resulting in the midfielder being left out of the squad the following day against Liverpool.
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He has since recovered and is training with his Gunners teammates ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash.
Every Arsenal fan watched on in horror as the Scottish left-back limped out of action against Liverpool in the second half.
Tierney has often struggled for a run of fitness since he joined the Gunners’ from Celtic, but was actually in the midst of his longest string of appearances for Arsenal prior to this latest knock.
It appears unlikely Tierney will return for this game.