Unai Emery has revealed that Rob Holding and Bukayo Saka are slight doubts for Saturday’s game with Southampton.
Neither player trained today due to small problems picked up during the international break. Nicolas Pepe, who returned last night from international duty with Ivory Coast, also missed training today but should take part tomorrow.
A tight hamstring could also force Sead Kolasinac to sit out this weekend’s action. The Bosnian missed his side’s 3-0 win over Liechtenstein after picking up the problem in his country’s defeat to Italy three days earlier.
At his weekly press conference, Unai Emery said: “Today, we were here with every player but some players for example, Pepe, arrived late because his travel was long.
“He didn’t train today with the group, but he trained after our work, inside. Tomorrow I think he’s going to be ready for Saturday. Some players – Kolasinac, Bukayo and Rob Holding – didn’t train this morning because they have some small, small injuries.
“Not important injuries. Maybe tomorrow they could be ready for training and to be ready for Saturday, but we are going to wait until tomorrow morning and the last training.”
Earlier today, Arsenal’s medical team confirmed Dani Ceballos would be sidelined from first team training until mid-December.
It remains to be seen whether Granit Xhaka has a role to play.
The boss says the Switzerland international is in a better headspace, however, the player’s latest comments suggest he’s still pretty angry at being stripped of the captaincy. Reading between the lines, it looks like he’s angling for a January exit.