The Arsenal pre-season show hits London this weekend as the Emirates Cup returns and the Gunners face Lyon, but who is injured and unlikely to play?
Ainsley Maitland-Niles missed the game against Real Madrid with a calf problem and speaking after the game, Unai Emery said, “He started the warm-up but he felt some pain in his muscle (calf) and we decided not to risk.
“Our objective was not to take injuries and we decided he did not play.”
Shkodran Mustafi was also injured but Emery said, “Mustafi is the same – he had some muscular pain so we decided he did not play today. I hope it’s not more and it’s not a big injury. We decided it was better for him to rest.”
It is not clear if either player will be fit enough for Sunday’s game.
Hector Bellerin is, of course, still out, as is Rob Holding. The former is expected back by the end of September, the latter a few weeks earlier – if not before.
Konstantinos Mavropanos was finally on the bench against Bayern so we might get to see him.
Emile Smith Rowe is in training but it’s not clear when he will be fit to return.