Arsene Wenger delivered the latest team news ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Everton and it might be bad news for Gooners wanting to catch a glimpse of new signing, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
During his presser on Friday morning, which Wenger was surprisingly early for, the manager revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will get a start against Everton on Saturday.
The 29-year-old, who swapped Manchester United for Arsenal earlier this month as Alexis Sanchez moved the other way, only played 30 minutes during his debut for the Gunners against Swansea.
Aubameyang, on the other hand, is a doubt because the 28-year-old has been sick and has a fever.
Wenger says Aubameyang had a fever this week and may not start against Everton. "Certainly Mkhitaryan will start. Aubameyang I have to assess how he feels."
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While Gooners are impatient to see how Aubameyang slots into Wenger’s first team, if he’s really ill there’s no point risking his health.
The ex-Dortmund star has only been in north London a matter of days and has already been stricken down with a lurgy although that tends to happen when you move to a new country as you are exposed to new viruses.
A friend, who moved from Chicago to London, spent the first six months fighting off various plagues only to be told by her doctor it was perfectly normal.
Jack Wilshere, who was too ill to face the Swans on Tuesday, could be back in the squad. The 26-year-old faces a late test.
“We had Jack who was sick, we will assess him today. I hope he will be capable to be in the squad. We will see how he feels,” Wenger told assembled reporters.
“Aubameyang was sick as well. Welbeck is not completely back from injury.”
Danny Welbeck, who’s sidelined with a muscular injury, won’t be available for selection against the Toffees.