Arsenal are sweating over the fitness of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of his Premier League clash on Boxing Day with London rivals Chelsea.
The forward has missed the last two games with a calf injury and boss Mikel Arteta will be anxious to get him back as the Gunners seek to remedy their poor form, which has placed them 15th in the table after seven games of championship without a win since defeating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on November 1.
“Auba is working hard with our medical team to get back to full fitness as soon as possible,” the Arsenal update read.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has only scored five times for the Gunners so far this season
Thomas Partey will certainly miss Saturday’s clash with Chelsea due to a thigh problem
‘[He] has now joined outdoor exercises and will continue to be assessed for availability before Saturday.
Thomas Partey (thigh) will be missing again after being injured in the 2-0 loss to Tottenham earlier this month, with the Gunners’ official website stating: “Thomas is currently unavailable but is progressing well to now work at the outside on a close ball. work, as well as the continued focus on his overall physical rehabilitation.
Midfielder Granit Xhaka is available after serving a three-game ban and Gabriel Martinelli is likely to be fit after limping against Manchester City on Tuesday.
Chelsea will hand over late fitness tests to full-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James ahead of the Emirates Stadium meeting.
Chilwell has an ankle problem and James a knee problem, and the England stars could miss both Arsenal’s clash and Stamford Bridge’s Monday meeting with Aston Villa.
Hakim Ziyech is also still sidelined with a hamstring injury, but is getting closer to a return to action.
Ben Chilwell’s physical condition will be assessed after he leaves early in 3-0 win over West Ham
Arsenal provisional team: Bernd Leno, Runar Runarsson, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Calum Chambers, Gabriel, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka, Dani Ceballos, Joe Willock , Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe, Willian, Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Folarin Balogun.
L’équipe provisoire de Chelsea: Edouard Mendy, Willy Caballero, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri, Marcos Alonso, Janteginho, N ‘ Golo K Mateo Kovacic, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tino Anjorin, Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud.