Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal likely to be without five key players against Everton

Mikel Arteta has several injury concerns ahead of Friday night's match against Everton
Mikel Arteta has several injury concerns ahead of Friday night’s match against Everton (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has revealed a quintet of Arsenal players are ahead of schedule in their recoveries from injury setbacks, but all five are likely to be absent from Friday’s Premier League match against Everton.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed the last three games after contracting malaria on international duty, while David Luiz and Kieran Tierney were rated as unlikely to play again this season after suffering knee injuries.

Martin Odegaard, meanwhile, hasn’t featured since the 3-0 drubbing against Liverpool at the start of the month after he aggravated an ankle knock while representing his country and Alexandre Lacazette added to Arteta’s woes when he strained his hamstring during last Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Fulham.

Arsenal are entering a potentially decisive week with a Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal on the horizon and Arteta hopes he will have a fuller squad to choose from by the time the Gunners lock horns with former manager Unai Emery.

‘Yes it is unfortunately the situation we have at the moment,’ said Arteta referencing his five injured players.

Alexandre Lacazette added to Mikel Arteta's injury woes by suffering a hamstring injury against Fulham
Alexandre Lacazette added to Mikel Arteta’s injury woes by suffering a hamstring injury against Fulham (Picture: Getty)

‘They are all doing really well to be fair, they are a little bit ahead of schedule. We don’t expect them for Everton I think, we have a doubt with Martin a little bit, let’s see how he is today in training. The rest will be out and get them back in the team as quick as possible.’

Despite another setback last weekend when his side required a 97th minute equaliser to prevent Fulham from sealing a first every away win at Arsenal, Arteta insists his side still has plenty to play for in the league this season.

He added: ‘Again they are having a really good season, we are not getting the results that we want against Fulham where the result was disappointing apart from the performance, which in my opinion we totally deserved to win the game.

‘But we need to win every game now in the Premier League to give us the best possible chance to be in Europe next season through that competition.

‘Yes I think we do, and the way we are playing as well. But the Fulham game, not winning that one was a real shame for us because that would have put us in a much better position.

‘But we have to move on, we still have a lot to play for in the league and playing the semi final of the Europa League so we are all excited about the way we can finish this season.’

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