Arsenal provide Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette injury updates

Alexandre Lacazette suffered a hamstring injury during Arsenal's 1-1 draw against Fulham
Alexandre Lacazette suffered a hamstring injury during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Fulham (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal will be without both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for Friday’s Premier League match against Everton, but Martin Odegaard could make his return from injury.

Aubameyang contracted malaria while on international duty with Gabon recently and has missed the last three matches in all competitions.

The 31-year-old is, however, likely to make a return to light training later this week and will hope to be in condition to make his comeback against Villarreal in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final next Thursday.

Mikel Arteta is almost certain to be without Lacazette, who had been enjoying a purple patch, prior to the hamstring injury he picked up against Fulham last Sunday.

In their absences, the Arsenal manager is likely to rely on the services of Eddie Nketiah, the scorer a stoppage time equaliser against the Cottages, and teenager Folorain Balogun, who is poised to end months of speculation surrounding his future by signing a new long-term contract.

Martin Odegaard could make his Arsenal comeback after an ankle injury
Martin Odegaard could make his Arsenal comeback after an ankle injury (Picture: Getty)

Odegaard, meanwhile, hasn’t featured since Arsenal were hammered 3-0 by Liverpool at the start of the month and aggravated an ankle injury while representing Norway.

The 22-year-old has resumed training this week and will be assessed before the game against an Everton side looking to record their first league win at Arsenal since 1996.

David Luiz, meanwhile, will return to light training next week having undergone a small procedure on his knee earlier this month, while Kieran Tierney is two or three weeks away from being in a position to train with the first team again.

The match against Everton, meanwhile, is likely to be preceded by protests aimed at owner Stan Kroenke following Arsenal’s bungled attempts to join a breakaway European Super League which was disbanded almost as quickly as it was formed earlier this week.

Arsenal published an apology on their official website last night after confirming they had pulled out, which read: ‘We needed no reminding of this but the response from supporters in recent days has given us time for further reflection and deep thought.

Arsenal fans are likely to protest against Stan Kroenke ahead of Friday's match against Everton
Arsenal fans are likely to protest against Stan Kroenke ahead of Friday’s match against Everton (Picture: Getty)

‘It was never our intention to cause such distress, however when the invitation to join the Super League came, while knowing there were no guarantees, we did not want to be left behind to ensure we protected Arsenal and its future. 

‘As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.

‘We know it will take time to restore your faith in what we are trying to achieve here at Arsenal but let us be clear that the decision to be part of the Super League was driven by our desire to protect Arsenal, the club you love, and to support the game you love through greater solidarity and financial stability.

‘Stability is essential for the game to prosper and we will continue to strive to bring the security the game needs to move forward.

‘The system needs to be fixed. We must work together to find solutions which protect the future of the game and harness the extraordinary power football has to get us on the edge of our seats.

‘Finally, we know this has been hugely unsettling at the end of what has been an incredibly difficult year for us all. 

‘Our aim is always to make the right decisions for this great football club, to protect it for the future and to take us forward. We didn’t make the right decision here, which we fully accept.’

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