- Arsenal boss said Tierney and Saka might now be able to play the match against wolves
- He also said Lacazette can make a comeback
- Tierney and Saka missed the match against Manchester United as well
Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has said that it would be ‘difficult’ for Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka to face Wolves on Tuesday night, however, he does expect Alexandre Lacazette to make a comeback in the match and play.
Both Tierney (calf injury) and Saka (hip injury) missed the match played on Saturday’ against Manchester United, which resulted in a 0-0 draw, but was hoped that they are likely to return to in time for the midweek trip to Molineux.
It will be very much unlikely to see the two players making it for the match, and the situation becomes grim with the fact that Arteta saying that the key duo is struggling in their race to be fit.
The Gunners boss said, “They haven’t been able to train yet with us, so I think it will be really difficult for them,” and added, “I don’t know, we are going to try until the last minute – see how they are feeling.”
Facing Wolves with Saka could be challenging as he was the one who scored in the win at Molineux last season and Tierney will be a major blow to the Arteta link-up as he looks to guide his side to what could be the sixth win for the team in eight Premier League games.
It could also be possible that he might have to set the line-up without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again, with the Gunners skipper yet to be given the go ahead to link up with the team after he went overseas to be with his ill mother.
After the Saturday’s match against Manchester United, Arteta admitted that conversations were ongoing with the Premier League and the also the UK government over Aubameyang’s return, however, as of now there are strict Covid-19 protocols which the Football club need to adhere to.
As of now, those conversations have not yielded any fruits for the Gunners, however, Arteta hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of the French striker being available to face Wolves.
He said, “There is still some things to clear up.
“Maybe yes, maybe no – we are still doing so paperwork at the moment.”
Having said this, there is a ray of hope for the Gunners as Lacazette could make a return.
The Arsenal forward had to go to the hospital after the match against Manchester United on Saturday having suffered a heavy landing in the closing stages of the goalless draw following a challenge with Harry Maguire.
Lacazette soon underwent some tests at the hospital after he landed on the back of his neck, but was quickly given the all clear to return home.
Arteta said, “We have to follow the protocols,” when asked why Lacazette went to the hospital.
He added, “We have to test him and take an x-ray. He was completely fine after the game, he was fine yesterday and he has slept well so I expect him to be available.”