Mikel Arteta says he’s not sure if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Man Utd.
The skipper has missed the last two games because of a family issue – something he expanded upon himself via his social media channels – but it remains unclear exactly when he’ll be back in action.
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Speaking the press this morning, Arteta responded to questions about his availability for Saturday’s game, saying “I don’t know.
“I spoke with him yesterday, things are looking better at the moment, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Arteta wouldn’t be drawn on a question about whether or not Aubameyang has had to travel abroad to support his family, so we’ll have to wait and see whether or not there might be further issues or delays due to quarantine regulations.
The manager was also pleased at the support showed to the captain from his teammates after the 3-1 win over Southampton on Tuesday evening.
“That’s what we always talk about and what we expect to do for each other,” said the Spaniard.
“When someone is under any difficulties, we all stand for him, protect him, give him our love and be right behind him, because that’s what’s needed.”
As for who else will be available for the weekend, Dani Ceballos, Pablo Mari and Martin Odegaard will be joining in with first team training ahead of the United game, while Kieran Tierney remains under assessment.
Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe were both substituted on Tuesday, but as yet there’s no definitive word as to their involvement.
“Let’s see how they go today,” said Arteta. “They have some discomfort, we’ll have to wait and see but we have some days before the game.”
Fingers crossed for both of them.