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Arsenal issue injury updates on six stars with mixed news for Mikel Arteta


Mikel Arteta has been handed a mixed bag of updates on Arsenal’s injured players ahead of the vital clash with Slavia Prague.

The Gunners travel to Eden Arena in the Czech Republic for the second leg of their Europa League quarter final on Thursday.

The tie is hanging on a knife edge after 1-1 draw at the Emirates in the first leg, with Nicolas Pepe’s late strike cancelled out by Tomas Holes’ equaliser deep into added time.

Arsenal must score in the second leg to have any chance of progressing – and there is good news for Arteta regarding two of his go-to playmakers.



Attacking midfielders Saka and Smith Rowe have returned to full training
Attacking midfielders Saka and Smith Rowe have returned to full training

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have returned to full training after the former suffered an ankle sprain in the first leg and the latter hobbled off against Sheffield United on Sunday.

But the news is less promising on fellow attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard, who picked up an ankle complaint while away on international duty with Norway at the end of March.



Arteta is unsure whether Odegaard and Aubameyang will recover in time for the second leg
Arteta is unsure whether Odegaard and Aubameyang will recover in time for the second leg

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Odegaard is continuing to be assessed ahead of the trip to Slavia Prague, as is forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who missed the clash with the Blades through illness.

“It depends how they wake up,” Arteta told reporters when asked if Aubameyang and Odegaard would train on Wednesday.

“Yesterday none of them could train. Hopefully today it is a sunnier day so maybe it is better.

“I don’t know, we have to see today how they are. We still have a couple of other ones as well from the last few days, so we’ll have to see how everybody is today and after training how they react for tomorrow’s game.”

Arsenal also confirmed left-back Kieran Tierney is still four to six weeks away from a return to training after suffering knee ligament damage at the start of April.

Centre-back David Luiz may be available in “the upcoming weeks” as he steps up his rehabilitation from a knee injury.

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