Arsenal have received a timely boost with the news that Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Mo Elneny will be available for upcoming matches against Wolves and Manchester City.
The quartet was due to join up with their respective countries after today’s match with Norwich but the Confederation of African Football has accepted a request from clubs to delay the release of players to the African Cup of Nations until 3 January.
The Associated Press claim to have seen a letter from FIFA deputy secretary Mattias Grafstrom which reads:
“CAF has decided that for those players who have official club matches between the 27 December 2021 and 3 January 2022, the participating member associations in question are to be directed that these players may remain with their clubs to participate in these matches and be released after the last match during this period.”
Hosts Cameroon faces Burkina Faso in the first game of the 2022 AFCON on 9 January and the tournament ends on 6 February.
Depending on how they get on, our boys could miss up to six matches in total. The Carabao Cup double-header with Liverpool, the FA Cup game with Nottingham Forest (and fourth-round tie if we win), the north London derby at Sp*rs and a home game with Burnley.