Arsenal have confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will miss this evening’s clash with Man Utd as he continues to attend to a family matter.
The absence of the skipper is a blow, but Mikel Arteta can take encouragement from how well a front three of Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka worked in the 3-1 win over Southampton on Tuesday.
There’s also good news in that both Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe are available for selection after both were substituted in the game at St Mary’s.
Kieran Tierney continues to be assessed and a late decision will be made on his participation – should he miss out then Cedric Soares is expected to deputise again, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles set for a loan move to either West Brom or Southampton.
New goalkeeping signing Mat Ryan misses out with a slight hip injury, while Pablo Mari won’t be considered despite his return to full training.