Arsenal have confirmed that both Bukayo Saka and Emile smith Rowe have returned to training ahead of Arsenal’s crunch tie with Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
Arsenal go into their Europa League second leg tie knowing that they need to score after throwing away a 1-0 win in the dying seconds of the first game.
We already knew that we would be without Kieran Tierney and David Luiz but doubts still hung over Smith Rowe, Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Martin Odegaard.
Both Aubameyang and Odegarrd will face late fitness tests. Mikel Arteta told reporters when they asked if Auba or Odegaard were likely to train on Wednesday, “Depending on how they wake up! If they wake up better, yes. Yesterday, neither of them could train. Hopefully today. It’s a sunnier day, so maybe it’s better!”
The club then added, “Martin has been experiencing discomfort to his right ankle since being on international duty. Martin missed the first leg against Slavia Prague last Thursday and Sunday’s match against Sheffield United. He continues to be assessed ahead of Thursday’s match regarding his availability.
“Auba missed Sunday’s match against Sheffield United due to feeling unwell. Auba continues to be assessed ahead of Thursday’s match regarding his availability.”
As for Saka and Smith Rowe, Arsenal wrote, “Bukayo is in full training and available for selection.
“Emile has recovered from a sprain to his left ankle sustained during the first leg against Slavia Prague last Thursday. Emile is now back in full training and available for selection.”
Gabriel Martinelli has already passed himself fit after seeming to pick up a small problem against Sheffield United.