Arsenal have confirmed that Gabriel Martinelli is fit to face Southampton tomorrow but Emile Smith Rowe and Bernd Leno are both doubts.
Mikel Arteta mentioned in the aftermath of Monday’s defeat that he wasn’t very positive about Martinelli’s prognosis after the attacker complained of a hamstring issue. Initially, he seemed to go down with cramp but he couldn’t continue and was replaced on 71 minutes by Eddie Nketiah.
Smith Rowe sat out the trip to Goodison Park having picked up a groin issue at Old Trafford. The England international is currently “being assessed” by the medical team which tends to indicate he’ll be out but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.
Leno’s injury, also a groin issue, was picked up in training this week and means Arthur Okonkwo could be the first choice backup to Aaron Ramsdale.
Elsewhere, Sead Kolasinac is on the mend after picking up an ankle injury in the last Interlull. He’s aiming to be in full training by January which might facilitate a loan move in the second half of the season. The Bosnian hasn’t played since coming on as a last-minute sub in the 2-0 win over Leicester in October.
No doubt we’ll get further details on the above when Mikel Arteta faces the media at 1.30pm.