Mikel Arteta is unsure whether captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be available for Tuesday’s return to Saint Mary’s.
The striker had been included in the matchday squad for today’s FA Cup defeat to Southampton but pulled out late to deal with a family matter.
While the boss wasn’t willing to go public on the specifics, he did hint Aubameyang, who scored twice on Monday against Newcastle, may need some time and that the club would give him all the support he needs.
“I don’t know [if he’ll be available], he needs to address that issue to see how it evolves,” he told his post-game press conference.
“We’re here, we will have to support him. He needs to take the time that is needed because that’s a priority at the moment.”
In Aubameyang’s absence, the Gunners produced a tepid performance in attack. Gabriel Martinelli squandered an early chance after making a clever run to connect with a free-kick and Eddie Nketiah snatched a couple of opportunities before Alex Lacazette was added to the mix.
They’ll need to do better in four days time.