L-R: Bukayo Saka, Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette celebrating a goal in a previous game
As Arsenal prepare to face Wolves this evening in the English Premier League match fixture, their captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is poised to hand Arsenal a major boost by returning to their squad after missing three games.
Aubameyang sat out the Gunners’ double-header against Southampton after travelling abroad to support his unwell mother. He returned to England last week but could not play in Saturday’s goalless draw with Manchester United as he had to quarantine. But Aubameyang has rejoined training after providing a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test, putting himself back in contention. Alexandre Lacazette will also be available despite suffering a head injury against United.
Arsenal will make late calls on Bukayo Saka (hip) and Pablo Mari (calf). Kieran Tierney has been ruled out with a lower-leg injury. The trio also missed the United stalemate, which extended their unbeaten league run to seven games and left them eight points off the top four.
And Mikel Arteta dismissed Jamie Carragher’s claims that there is ‘no way’ Arsenal can sneak into the Champions League spots. The Arsenal manager said: ‘It’s too early (to say that), there are a lot of points. You have to be consistent; you don’t just depend on yourselves. ‘Let’s stick to what we can do. The better we do, the bigger chance there will be to fight for that.
‘You see the results every weekend and say “Wow”. It tells you how difficult the season has been for everybody and how much things can change. Look at Man City, where they were and where they are right now. That’s the reality in this league.
‘Confidence is a big factor. If you’re losing games and you cannot explain why, then players tend to have bad fears, or they stop believing that they can win every single game they play. But when you get into a good run of form, then it’s completely the opposite. That’s what is happening at the moment.’