Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Martin Odegaard will not be available for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Fulham.
The captain continues to recover from malaria, while the Norwegian international is still suffering the effects of an ankle injury picked up on international duty. It is hoped he can return to training next week.
There don’t appear to be any new issues since the 4-0 win over Slavia Prague on Thursday, leaving just David Luiz and Kieran Tiereny sidelined with knee issues.
Mikel Arteta is expecting a tough battle against a team scrapping for survival, with Fulham now 7 points from safety after Joe Willock’s late winner for Newcastle moved them above Burnley and Brighton in the table.
“Obviously, they want to maintain the club in the Premier League,” said Arteta.
“In my opinion, they’ve been really unlucky with some results. I started to watch them a few days back and I really like the way Scott sets his team up.
“It’s really brave, they know what to do really well and again I think they’ve had some very unfair results that could have put their team in a different position.
“They’re going to come here to do what they always do and it will be difficult.”