Arsenal have confirmed that Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are both available for tomorrow’s Europa League quarter-final second leg with Slavia Prague.
Saka went down injured in the latter stages of Sunday’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United and had a massive ice pack applied to his thigh when he was subbed off for Willian. Initially, there were concerns he’d suffered a muscular problem but it’s believed to be little more than a dead leg.
Smith Rowe, who missed the trip to Yorkshire due to a sprained ankle, is also back in full training and will travel with the squad this afternoon.
Things are less clear cut with Martin Odegaard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Norwegian continues to feel discomfort in his ankle – an injury first picked up on international duty – while our captain has yet to recover fully from illness. Knee injuries will keep David Luiz and Kieran Tierney sidelined for several more weeks.
The Gunners travel to the Czech capital knowing we must score to progress. We can go through without winning but the thought of us relying on a high-scoring draw to progress on away goals is enough to bring us out in hives.