Kieran Tierney has been included in Arsenal’s squad for tomorrow night’s Europa League last-32 clash with Benfica in Rome.
The Scotland international has been restricted to three appearances since the turn of the year but appears to be on the mend after being hampered by lower leg and knee issues.
It remains to be seen whether he’s fit enough to start at left-back, a position covered in recent weeks by Cedric, but it’s positive all the same.
Unfortunately, and not unexpectedly, Thomas Partey will not take part in the ‘away’ first-leg. The Ghana international picked up a hamstring strain in the defeat to Aston Villa a couple of weeks ago and isn’t likely to start training with his teammates until next week at the earliest.
“Thomas didn’t travel, he’s not there yet. He’s still training individually,” confirmed Arteta on Wednesday evening.
“Kieran has had one session with us and is part of the squad.”
Mikel Arteta also confirmed that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in the Italian capital despite suggestions he may have broken Covid-19 protocols to have a new tattoo.
Asked whether the striker has broken any rules and if action will be taken, the boss replied: “No, whatever we do with our players, we keep it internal.”
He added: “If any player does anything that is not in the regulation then the club acts immediately but always privately as well.”