Mikel Arteta is hopeful that Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool will go ahead although he says Arsenal still have issues on the player availability front.
The Gunners successfully lobbied for the North London derby to be postponed after struggling to pull together a squad due to a combination of international absences, Covid and injuries.
Asked to clarify the numbers available, Arteta said: “I can’t and I don’t want to because I don’t want to give anything away, I’m sorry.
“There are issues, there are issues that have not been resolved that’s why we cannot play the last game but as you can understand, we want to keep that internally.
“I hope that there is no more news from tomorrow and that the game can be played. This is the way we have prepared.”
Asked about Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Martin Odegaard, he added: “There are three cases that for different reasons haven’t been able to play for us in recent weeks.
“We are trying to change that and raise the level of our players to compete tomorrow.”
He also touched on the role of the fans tomorrow night, praising the way they have been behind the team this season.
“We have the opportunity to get into our final which get us closer to a title against a big opponent, in our stadium with our people,” he said.
“So we are very excited to play the game. They are able to change the energy, the momentum of the game, give a massive list to the players, and give them confidence.
“So if they can drive the team the way they’ve been doing recently, that will be incredibly helpful to have the best possible chance to get in the final.”