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Arsenal suffer triple injury blow ahead of Europa League against Slavi Prague

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Mikel Arteta

Arsenal may be without Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard for Thursday’s big Europa League clash against Slavia Prague, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could return.

 

Aubameyang missed Sunday’s 3-0 win at Sheffield United due to illness, however, Mikel Arteta hopes he will recover in time for the trip to the Czech Republic.

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Arsenal will go into the game trailing on away goal after playing out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the quarter-finals at the Emirates Stadium.

 

When asked if Aubameyang could play on Thursday, Arteta said: “I hope so, yeah.

“He was unwell yesterday. He could not train. He could not be available today, but hopefully, in the next day or two he will be feeling better and he will be available to get picked.”

 

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith- Rowe are doubt for the trip to Czech Republic.(Photo by Getty Images)

Odegaard and Smith Rowe missed this win at Sheffield United with ankle issues – and Arteta is not optimistic they’ll play in Prague.

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“I don’t know. I want to think yes, but if I am honest, I don’t know,” he said.

“I think for Thursday, David [Luiz] will be out, Kieran [Tierney] will be out – and then Emile and Martin, we don’t know yet. With Bukayo, let’s see how he develops in the next few days.”

 

Bukayo Saka also joined the injury list after limping off in the gunners win of Sheffield United with a thigh problem.

“He had to come off. He had a discomfort in his thigh,” said Arteta.

 

“t is the last thing that we need, because we are missing some big players at the moment and we don’t want to lose another one. So hopefully it is not that serious.”

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