Mikel Arteta isn’t sure when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be available for selection after the 31-year-old missed the 2-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.
Citing a ‘small strain’ – possibly calf-related – the boss kept his update on the club captain vague when asked about him in his post-game press conference.
“We want him back as quickly as possible,” he said. “He has a small strain and he will need a few days. I don’t know if it’s a week or two weeks, it will depend how the injury evolves.”
Having scored against Southampton on Wednesday, there were high hopes heading into today’s game that the striker might have found the spark to ignite his season.
The prospect of him now being absent for the Christmas period just adds to a long list of problems for Arteta whose job is very much on the line following an eighth defeat of the Premier League campaign.
The Gunners face Manchester City in the League Cup on Tuesday and then tackle Chelsea and Brighton before the year is out.