According to Goal.com’s Charles Watts, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to miss Arsenal’s match with Southampton having been absent from today’s training session.
The club captain wasn’t listed as an injury concern when the medical team released its usual pre-game fitness bulletin this morning nor did Mikel Arteta mention an issue when he faced the media at 1.30pm.
The report claims the player is thought to be unwell, which will no doubt set alarm bells ringing given the situation at the other end of the Seven Sisters Road.
Last season, Aubameyang contracted malaria off the back of international duty and he also missed the opening two games of this season with Covid-19.
Whatever is up with him, we hope he recovers quickly.
In light of the UK government’s decision to implement ‘Plan B’ to deal with a rise in Covid-19 cases amid the spread of the Omicron variant, Arteta was asked this afternoon what protocols Arsenal have put in place to minimise the risk of an outbreak in his squad.
“We have to put all the protocols in place again but the situation is very tricky because it is impossible to create a bubble around the training ground or the stadium when the whole world is open,” he said.
“It is not about us, it is about the people we have around us, it is our kids, there are a lot of people connected to us and it makes the situation very tricky.”
In light of the decision to call off Sp*rs’ match with Brighton and having his own calls for a postponement fall on deaf ears at the start of the season, he also agreed that the Premier League should outline a threshold for positive Covid cases before matches are postponed.
“That would be helpful, yes,” he said pointedly.