Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira will not fly to Athens for Thursday’s Europa League first-leg tie with Olympiacos but Pablo Mari is fit for selection.
Despite training today, Ozil misses out for ‘personal reasons’ – apparently the birth of his child is imminent – while the latest bulletin from the medical team says Torreira is currently ill.
The club have suggested that the Uruguayan could make the trip on his own if he makes a rapid recovery but it seems unlikely at this point that he’ll be risked.
Pablo Mari is fit after 45 minutes of football with Arsenal’s under-23s on Monday so it’ll be interesting to see if Mikel Arteta includes him in the travelling party. Rob Holding and Sokratis are also vying for a start in defence if the boss decides to rest David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi.
Full-backs Kieran Tierney and Cedric Soares are due to return to full training next week, slightly ahead of schedule.
Calum Chambers continues his recovery from his ACL operation.