Mikel Arteta says Kieran Tierney has a better chance of being fit for Thursday’s clash with Benfica than Thomas Partey but he’s not overly optimistic about either player being available.
The Scotland international has been struggling with a lower leg problem in recent weeks and the boss also revealed on Friday that the club’s medical team are keeping close tabs on a knee issue. Partey picked up a hamstring problem a week ago in the defeat to Aston Villa and has sat out training this week.
If Tierney is going to make the trip to Italy, he’ll need to prove he’s fit in the next couple of training sessions.
“It seems unlikely at the moment, but I don’t know,” said the boss when asked if the pair might be available.
“Probably if there is one player who has got a bigger chance, it’s Kieran, because probably in the next few days he can start to do some parts with the team.
“But I don’t know how he is going to evolve when he gets a little better closer to training with the group.”
The Gunners will fly to Rome for the away leg of the last-32 knockout tie before facing Benfica seven days later in Greece.