“He couldn’t play for the national team (Ghana). He really tried to do it because obviously they had a huge game and he really pushed for that one, ”Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said on Friday.
“But he wasn’t close enough to do that. And again, this is something that we have to assess today because until today it has not done enough.
Other than that, Arsenal are expected to have a fairly healthy state of health, despite fears that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may not be in good shape. With Granit Xhaka still injured, Ainsley Maitland-Niles could once again replace in midfield.
Kieran Tierney, who suffered an ankle problem, is expected to return to left-back after playing for Scotland during the international break.
Martin Odegaard could also debut in the No.10 role ahead of Alexandre Lacazette, although the Frenchman has been in good shape lately.
Arsenal likely XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Lokonga; Saka, Lacazette, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang.
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Arsenal squad of: Leno, Ramsdale, Okonkwo; Cédric, Chambers, Gabriel, Holding, Mari, Tavares, Tierney, Tomiyasu, White; Elneny, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles, Odegaard, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang, Balogun, Lacazette, Martinelli, Nketiah and Pepe.
Injured: Kolasinac (ankle), Xhaka (knee)