Arsenal have revealed that David Luiz will not be available for tomorrow night’s clash with Liverpool due to discomfort in his right knee.
The seriousness of the problem remains to be seen although James Benge reports that the Brazilian has been training this week while also undergoing a number of tests and seeing a specialist.
Luiz has been a regular starter since mid-January, featuring from the off in nine of Arsenal’s last 12 Premier League games.
David Luiz out of Saturday’s game to Liverpool, Arsenal confirm.
In addition to squad update I’m told that Luiz has been for several tests on his knee this week and saw a specialist yesterday. He has still taken part in training this week though.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) April 2, 2021
Mikel Arteta also has a few potential headaches in midfield. Bukayo Saka sat out the Interlull with a hamstring injury and looks unlikely to be part of Saturday’s squad. The 19-year-old only made it to half time of the North London derby on 14 March and seems to have played through the issue for 74 minutes against West Ham six days later.
Of those returning from international duty, Emile Smith Rowe, off the back of two games for England’s under-21s, has a hip issue that the Gunners are monitoring and Granit Xhaka, who played three games for Switzerland, is unwell. The 28-year-old missed training today.
In better news, Willian has recovered from a calf issue and will be available.