Arsenal injury news: Emile Smith Rowe hopeful to be fit for Leicester clash

Smith Rowe missed last weekend’s 3-2 win over Watford after testing positive for Covid-19.

Before that game, the midfielder had been absent from the previous win over Wolves with a stomach bug and a groin problem had troubled him in December and January.

Smith Rowe hopes his fitness issues are now behind him and he can feature when Arsenal host Leicester on Sunday.

The Gunners are however likely to still be without Takehiro Tomiyasu as the right-back has suffered a calf injury.

The Japan international had a separate calf problem in January but, after recovering from that, he later suffered another.

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In Tomiyasu’s absence, Cedric Soares is likely to retain his place at right-back after impressing in recent weeks.

Arsenal will play Sunday’s match at Leicester in fourth place in the Premier League and are now favorites to qualify for the Champions League. They are a point ahead of Manchester United in fifth position, but above all have three games in hand.

Mikel Arteta, however, does not get carried away and tries to keep his players’ feet on the ground.

“To be honest, I don’t like looking at the board very much because we have games going on,” he said.

“We’re going to play different matches and I know the goal and that’s just one, try to improve tomorrow what we did today and move on to the next game and that’s it.

“I can’t control the results and I can’t predict which games we’re going to win, draw or lose, it’s impossible. If I start doing this I think we’ll lose sight of what we want. make.

“We have great people and very good players and I think that combination at the end when everyone is on board has to have a good result and I believe in that and I still believe in that today.”

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