Oleksandr Zinchenko was again absent from training as Arsenal gear up for tomorrow night’s Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven.
The Ukraine international started the season as Mikel Arteta’s first choice left back but hasn’t featured for the Gunners since the north London derby at the start of the month due to a persistent calf problem.
While the manager played down talk of his summer signing being sidelined until the World Cup hiatus, Zinchenko’s continued absence is a bit of a worry. We imagine Kieran Tierney will step up tomorrow.
Football.London’s Kaya Kaynak additionally reports that Marquinhos is the only other doubt. The Brazilian is currently ill and also missed training.
Marquinhos was unwell this morning and missed training but could still be in the #AFC squad tomorrow. Oleksandr Zinchenko was not part of the main training session earlier.
— Kaya Kaynak (@kayakaynak97) October 26, 2022
The Gunners head to Holland having already qualified for the knockout stages but need a further point from the remaining two games to secure top spot in Group A that would ensure we skip an additional play-off double-header in mid-February.
For those of you who are kit aficionados, it’s being reported that adidas will supply us with a bespoke set of shorts for tomorrow’s match. UEFA rules stipulate that the colour of our shorts can’t clash with those of PSV.
Having decided the black shirt provides the biggest contrast to PSV’s red and white stripes there was the prospect of pairing them with our white home shorts which…would have looked very odd.
The Evening Standard now claims a set of grey shorts could be provided. Here’s hoping we don’t soil them as they’re bound to be a collectors’ item.