Arsenal will be without Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for tomorrow’s trip to Sheffield United.
The former was already a doubt because of an ankle injury picked up in the 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague on Thursday, and according to David Ornstein this evening, the captain will miss out because of flu.
Arsenal are without Aubameyang + Smith Rowe for Sunday trip to Sheffield United — Aubameyang has flu, Smith Rowe an ankle issue. #AFC will hope they recover in time for Europa League QF 2nd leg at Slavia Prague on Thursday @TheAthleticUK #SUFC #SHUARS #UEL https://t.co/KKkO9xpRv9
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) April 10, 2021
How much of this is precautionary, with a huge second leg to come on Thursday, remains to be seen.
Smith Rowe picked up the knock midway through the first half but played on, while Aubameyang’s 13 minute cameo saw him play the pass for Nicolas Pepe to score.
While the Europa League is the most important, it’s still important for Mikel Arteta to get his team back on track at Bramall Lane, and we’ll just wait and see who starts up front, with Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, and Folarin Balogun – reportedly set to sign a new contract – all options in the absence of the skipper.