Arsenal are continuing to assess Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli in the hope the strike duo will be available for the Boxing Day clash with Chelsea.
Aubameyang has been nursing a calf issue for a week and missed the games with Everton and Manchester City but “has now joined outside drills”, according to the medical team.
After sustaining a big kick to his shin, Martinelli had to be subbed off early in the second half of Tuesday’s defeat to City. He took to social media yesterday to reassure fans that he’s not done any major damage and the club are hopeful “he will be able to participate in full training ahead of Saturday.”
Thomas Partey remains sidelined with a thigh strain but is making good progress in his recovery. Last night the club released a video of him undergoing rehab sessions and claim he’ll be working with the ball again soon.
Having picked up a three-game ban for his red card against Burnley, Granit Xhaka will be available for selection.
As far as we’re aware, there are no other injury issues.