Arsenal will be without both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for tonight’s Premier League opener with Brentford.
The skipper’s absence was reported by Charles Watts, citing illness as the reason, and in the last few minutes, David Ornstein has confirmed that news, and updated it with information regarding Lacazette.
🚨 Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang + fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette are both unwell & therefore will not be available for their side’s opening game of the new Premier League season at Brentford tonight @TheAthleticUK #AFC #BrentfordFC #BREARS https://t.co/RFFL2fWNPH
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 13, 2021
It’s far from ideal for Mikel Arteta going into the new season, especially with Eddie Nketiah also sidelined for the next few weeks with an ankle injury. but it does open the door for some of the young attacking talent to make their mark.
Gabriel Martinelli could well be in the frame to start, while 20 year old Folarin Balogun will be hoping that he could make his Premier League debut against newly promoted Brentford later on.
Lacazette was the team’s leading scorer last season with 17, while Aubameyang had a poor season but still chipped in with 15 in all competitions.
Let’s hope whoever gets the nod this evening can take their opportunity (as well as taking the chances we hope they get during the game itself).