Arsenal will be without a couple of key players in Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng and Emile Smith Rowe when they take on Sheffield United this evening.
The Gunners had been sweating on the fitness of a number of players prior to their trip up the M1. The likes of Martin Odegaard are racing to be fit, while Smith Rowe was said to be pushing hard to be back.
However, per The Athletic’s report last night, Arsenal will have to make do without Smith Rowe and also Aubameyang, who has reportedly come down with flu.
Smith Rowe, meanwhile, is missing with ankle problem. It means Mikel Arteta will need to make some adjustments in attack. Nicolas Pepe, who scored in the corresponding fixture earlier this season, may start, while former United target, Folarin Balogun, could get a squad place.
It remains to be seen if Martin Odegaard will pass a late check.
More hope for Sheffield United with Arsenal’s injury woes?
We’ve already written this weekend about how Arsenal are on the ropes a bit and that United could look to take advantage of that situation.
And these extra injuries only give United that bit more hope. Aubameyang missing is big news. Even though he’s been woefully out of sorts, he’s still a world class striker who the Blades will be glad isn’t lining up.
Smith Rowe is also a big loss. His energy, drive, and quality from wide and number ten areas has been vital for the Gunners.
The Blades and Paul Heckingbottom, then, could well fancy their chances of adding to their lowly 14 points total this evening.