Mikel Arteta expects Alex Lacazette to be available for tomorrow’s clash with Wolves following the heavy fall he sustained in the closing stages of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
The Frenchman appeared to land on his head as he challenged Harry Maguire in stoppage time for a high ball and required lengthy treatment before being substituted.
He appears to have escaped a concussion but the boss says the club continues to follow the necessary protocols to ensure that’s the case.
Facing the media on Monday morning, the boss said: “We have to follow the protocols, that we have to test him and make an x-ray.
“He was completely fine after the game, he was fine yesterday and he has slept well. I’m expecting him to be available.”
It remains to be seen whether Bukayo Saka (hip), Kieran Tierney (calf) will be available for the trip to Molineux.
“We don’t know yet [if they’ll return],” said Arteta when asked about the pair.
“Today we’ve got a training session and they haven’t been able to train with us yet, so I think it will be really difficult for them. But I don’t know, we’re going to try to last-minute see how they are feeling.”
The boss was slightly more optimistic about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s chances of being involved. Our captain is currently in quarantine after returning from abroad following a family matter.
“There’s still some things to clear up,” revealed Arteta. “Maybe yes, maybe no. We don’t know. We’re still doing some paperwork at the moment.”
It sounds like any other absentees will be decided by what Arsenal do in the transfer market before the 11pm deadline. There are suggestions the likes of Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock could all head out on loan.