Unai Emery has confirmed that Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny are struggling to be fit for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final tie with Napoli.
The Swiss and Frenchman, suffering from groin and foot injuries respectively, were both absent as Arsenal stumbled to a damaging 1-0 defeat to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
After the result at Goodison Park, Emery revealed that he’s still not sure if the midfielder and defender will be available this week.
“I don’t know,” he told his post-match press conference. “Maybe Laurent could’ve come back to play today but yesterday we knew it wasn’t possible. I want to be positive for Thursday but it depends how he’s progressing.
“Xhaka is the same. They are doubts for Thursday. We have players and we know we can produce the performance with all the players.
“When you lose a match, maybe you can look at the players who didn’t play, but it’s rarely the consequence. We’ve won matches with other players, other systems, and we need to be efficient in each moment. We need to be consistent like we are a lot of the time, but sometimes we can lose.”
Lucas Torreira, suspended for three games in the league, will return to the squad on Thursday.
Looking further ahead, Sokratis, having picked up his 10th booking of the season, will now miss the Premier League clashes with Watford and Crystal Palace.
Here’s hoping Laurent is fit inside eight days because the prospect of Mustafi marshalling the defence isn’t one that fills us with confidence.