Odegaard, Aubameyang, Smith Rowe: latest Arsenal squad news ahead of Slavia Prague clash

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Arsenal Bukayo Saka.  (Image: Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images).


Arsenal will look to advance to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals for the second time in three seasons when they travel to the Czech Republic to face Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
The draw is evened out at 1-1 after last week’s first leg at Emirates Stadium, which means that everything is to play in the ambitions of both teams to reach the bottom four.

Arsenal believed they had done enough to win the first leg last Thursday when Nicolas Pepe gave them a lead in the 86th minute.

However, Slavia right-back Tomas Holes nodded in the stoppage time to deny the Gunners victory and score a crucial away goal.

But the Gunners, who have since returned to victory, beating Sheffield United 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday night at Bramall Lane, face a period of turbulence in preparation for Thursday’s huge clash, with problems of injuries and illnesses inside. the camp increases.

With that in mind, here’s a roundup of the very latest on the Gunners injury front ahead of their trip to Prague later this week.

David Luiz

Center-back Luiz is already a confirmed absentee for the trip to the Czech Republic after undergoing minor knee surgery earlier this month.

The former Chelsea man was forced to go under the knife after missing the 3-0 loss to Liverpool on April 3.

Arsenal have confirmed that the procedure went well and that they would aim to be available again in the “coming weeks”.

“The procedure was successful and David is now back home to rehabilitate himself,” Arsenal said in a statement.

“He will be able to return to daily support and recovery with our medical team at the training center in the coming days.

“David is expected to be back in great shape and available for selection in the coming weeks.

Kieran Tierney

Much like Luiz, fellow defender Tierney is also sidelined with a knee problem, but he was not forced to undergo surgery like his teammate.

The Scottish international, who has been one of the Gunners’ star performers this season, is at risk of missing the rest of the season after suffering ligament injuries.

Arsenal expect him to be out of action for around four to six weeks, which means there is a real chance he won’t play again this season.

However, Arsenal will keep their fingers crossed so they can make a quick comeback and be fit and available for Scotland at the European Championships this summer.

Bukayo Saka

Winger Saka was forced to leave just over 20 minutes before the Gunners’ win over Sheffield United on Sunday night after feeling thigh discomfort.

Arsenal Bukayo Saka. (Image: Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images).

The England international was believed to have been pulled as a precaution, so in order not to make matters worse he was replaced by former Chelsea ace Willian.

Addressing Saka’s condition after the full-time whistle, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta said: “(Saka) had pain in his thigh. I do not know what it is. The last thing we need is another problem because we have had enough. and a few big guys are missing at the moment.

“I don’t know to what extent but we’ll see how it develops in the next few days. “

Thankfully, Saka, spotted leaving Bramall Lane to board the team bus, was not using crutches.

Arsenal have now confirmed the winger is in full formation and available for selection for the clash against Slavia Prague.

Martin Odegaard

After overcoming a slight ankle problem which he noted on an international mission during the recent break, Odegaard began the Gunners’ loss to Liverpool in early April.

However, he has since missed the last two matches with another ankle problem, meaning he now has to face a race against time to be in shape for the trip to Prague.

Ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Blades, Arsenal have confirmed that the loaner Real Madrid will face a late fitness test to determine whether or not he could have made the squad. Of course, looking back now, he didn’t, but the fact that he was faced with a late test gives hope that he might be on the verge of returning.

Arsenal say the midfielder continues to be evaluated ahead of Thursday’s clash.

Emile Smith Rowe

While the Gunners faced a conundrum from left-back at Bramall Lane, they also faced a central attack in midfield, Smith Rowe, alongside Odegaard, also missed.

The Gunners academy graduate missed the trip to South Yorkshire with an ankle injury he sustained in the first leg against Slavia last week.

When asked if Smith Rowe, alongside Odegaard, would be fit for Thursday’s game, following Sunday’s win at Bramall Lane, Arteta replied: “I don’t know. I want to think so, but if I’m being honest I don’t know. ”

However, Arsenal have now said Smith Rowe is back in full training and will be available for the game.

Gabriel Martinelli

After twisting her ankle against the Blades, Brazilian star Martinelli, who finally ended her long wait for a goal, was another name to add to the Gunners’ growing list of concerns.

However, the forward has since put those fears to bed, confirming that he will be available to play against Slavia if Arteta asks him to.

Speaking to the Gunners’ club website, he, when asked if he had an injury issue, said: “No, I’m going to play well on Thursday. ”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Forward Aubameyang was forced to miss the win over the Blades due to illness, meaning Arteta was unable to call on his captain to inspire the Gunners to return to victory.

However, Aubameyang quickly took to social media to admit that he hoped to return to the squad for the trip to Prague.

In an Instagram post, the Gabon international said: “Eviscerated, I can’t be there with the team tonight, but I hope to be back healthy on Thursday! “

“Let’s go boys !! @arsenal. ”

Arsenal say the striker is still being assessed for Thursday’s clash.

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