Arsenal could be without four players when they face PSV Eindhoven in Thursday’s Europa League clash.
The Gunners are currently in pole position to finish top of Group A. They are on 12 points after four games, five ahead of PSV Eindhoven. A draw tomorrow would guarantee top spot and ensure that the Gunners qualify directly for the round of 16.
Ahead of the game, it appears the club could be without as many as four players. Mohamed Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe are long-term injury absentees and they won’t return to action before the World Cup.
Aside from the duo, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Marquinhos could be sidelined tomorrow. Zinchenko has been nursing a calf injury since last month and Standard Sport confirm that he was missing in training today.
Marquinhos was another absentee from the morning training session due to illness. It remains to be seen whether he will be deemed fit ahead of tomorrow’s encounter at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven.
Last week, Gabriel Martinelli was unwell in the lead-up to the PSV game, but he was involved in the matchday squad and came on as a substitute. We could see something similar happening with Marquinhos.
Meanwhile, the Gunners seem to be handling Zinchenko’s injury with caution. The Ukrainian made his comeback from a calf problem last month, only to suffer another recurrence of the same issue.
With Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney in good form from left-back at the moment, Mikel Arteta may not want to rush Zinchenko back to action until he is fully fit. Hopefully, he will return before the World Cup.
Arsenal need a big performance tomorrow on the back of four unconvincing displays this month. There needs to be an improvement in their finishing, having scored just once in each of those outings.
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