Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will find out later today whether Alex Lacazette is available for tomorrow’s match with Chelsea.
The Frenchman tested positive for Covid-19 last week and missed the 1-0 defeat to Southampton leaving the Gunners very short on numbers in attack.
“With Laca, we have to see him today to see if he’s available with the team,” confirmed the manager in his pre-game press conference.
“Obviously, as you all know, he had Covid so he’s been away for a few days. We try to get his feeling and where he’s at and if he can contribute somehow with the team.”
There was also an update on the lesser spotted Takehiro Tomiyasu. The club pencilled in the Japan international for a return to full training this week and it sounds like he’s making progress in his recovery from a calf injury.
Arteta said: “Tomi is very, very close, whether this game is going to be too early for him or not, we’ll decide today after the training session.”
Off the back of three consecutive defeats, heading to Stamford Bridge makes for a daunting next challenge. The boss has been rallying the troops and is targeting a win.
“We have to be at our best against the best team in Europe that has shown last season what they can do with the ability that they have.
“We’re going to go there, as always, to win the match and that’s going to be our intention tomorrow at Stamford Bridge.”