Arteta unsure if captain Aubameyang will return for Man United clash

Aubameyang has missed Arsenal’s past two games and he confirmed yesterday his absence has been because his mother has been in ill health.

The forward will need to return a negative test for Covid-19 before retuning to action given he left the Arsenal squad’s bubble to be with his family.

Arteta is also keen to make sure his captain is in the right mental state to play and will not rush his return to action.

Speaking on Thursday, Arteta said: “I spoke with him yesterday. Things are looking better at the moment, but we are going to have to wait and see.

“He is our captain and one of the most important players. We are doing everything we can to have him as a quick as possible – but understanding that he has been through difficult days, that he had to support his family and we were here to support him as well with the time that he needed to get that support.”

Asked if Aubameyang had been abroad to be with his mother, Arteta said: “He had to support his family and he had to be with them.”

Pressed if there were any quarantine issues for the Gabon international, Arteta said: “I don’t know what will happen.”

Arsenal have some injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s match at Emirates Stadium. Kieran Tierney missed Tuesday’s win over Southampton with a calf issue and needs to be assessed.

Emile Smith Rowe and Thomas Partey also require assessment after limping off during the victory at St. Mary’s.

In better news, Dani Ceballos and Pablo Mari – who have had calf issues – are due to train in the coming days. New signing Martin Odegaard, who arrived on loan from Real Madrid this week, is due to train today too.

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