Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has declined to clarify whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey will play against Liverpool on Saturday.

After leaving the field on a stretcher after Gabon’s win over Libya, Aubameyang gave Arsenal a worry, and he was not featured in the subsequent clash with Egypt.

Meanwhile, Partey’s tight groin kept him from joining the Ghana team for the World Cup qualifiers in November, and Arteta has been tight-lipped about the pair’s availability for the weekend.

“No it [Aubameyang’s return] wasn’t pre-planned. We had to assess him and see how he is and make decisions. We have a lot of players who have been through different game issues,” Arteta told reporters at his press conference.

“Let’s see how everybody is. We have to see them today before assessing and seeing how everybody is.”

When asked about Partey’s fitness, Arteta added: “He couldn’t play for the national team. He really tried to do that and pushed for that one but wasn’t enough. Again that’s something we have to assess because until today he hasn’t done enough.”

With theĀ three points up for grabsĀ at Anfield, the Gunners couldĀ jump Liverpool into fourth place in the table, despite the absence of Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka.


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