Mikel Arteta has revealed that Emile Smith Rowe is dealing with a minor injury, and that was a factor in his substitution in the 3-2 defeat to Man Utd on Thursday.
The 20 year old opened the scoring at Old Trafford, his fifth Premier League strike of the season, but looked tired in the second half and was replaced midway through by Bukayo Saka.
Ahead of Monday’s trip to Everton, the Arsenal boss said, “He had some discomfort during the game and we decided to take him off. He’s been evolving well over the last few days, so we have to wait until tomorrow to see how he is.”
It was reported last week that Granit Xhaka was ahead of schedule with his recovery from a knee injury, and Arteta didn’t categorically rule out a return for the game at Goodison Park.
“This week he has progressed again to a different level, and tomorrow we will assess how he is, have a conversation with him and decide when is the best moment to start to give him some exposure in games,” he said.
“He is progressing well, he is doing all the right things and he’s feeling better but no more news on that.
“It’s very positive because the evolution he is doing is great, he is partially training with the team and he is heading in the right direction.
“We miss him, he is one of our leaders, one of the senior players who adds something very valuable to the team and hopefully we can have him back soon.”