Mikel Arteta rates Aubameyang and Lacazette’s chances of facing Wolves

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal speaks to Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal during their warm up prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Aubameyang and Lacazette were both doubts (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta is facing a nervous wait over his two main striking options ahead of Arsenal’s midweek clash with Wolves.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Saturday due to his mother’s health issues, and currently remains in quarantine.

Arteta was hoping to welcome him back to the fold but he admitted the situation remains uncertain.

‘There’s still some things to clear up,’ said Arteta when asked about Aubameyang’s availability for the clash with Wolves.

‘Maybe yes, maybe no. We don’t know. We’re still doing some paperwork at the moment.’

Aubameyang’s absence will be felt harder if Alexandre Lacazette was deemed to be unavailable, although Arteta does not expect that to be the case.

Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal falls to the floor after a challenge with Harry Maguire of Man Utd during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Lacazette landed badly (Picture: Getty)

The French striker had to go to hospital after Saturday’s game after landing heavily after a challenge with Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire.

He had tests after he landed on the back of his neck but was given the all clear to go home.

And now Arteta hopes he will be fine to face bottom-half Wolves.

‘We have to follow the protocols, we have to test him and make an x-ray,’ added Arteta.

‘He was completely fine after the game, he was fine yesterday, he has slept well and I’m expecting him to be available.’

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