Arsenal provide fitness update for five players ahead of Everton clash


Arsenal have provided a fitness update for five players ahead of the Premier League clash against Everton on Friday night.

The Gunners recently had a frustrating 1-1 draw with Fulham at home, and they will aim to make amends against the Toffees.

Before the match, the club took stock of the physical condition of five players, including the forward duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang has been sidelined in recent matches to recover from malaria, and he was not deemed fit enough to face Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette is also excluded from the meeting as the club are still evaluating the hamstring tension suffered against the Cottagers.

David Luiz and Kieran Tierney are also sidelined with knee injuries, although the former is likely to return to full training next week.

However, there was positive news on the injury front with Martin Odegaard returning to light training after overcoming a nagging knee issue.

The Norwegian’s involvement on Friday could depend on a late fitness test.

Sportslens view:

The Gunners have endured a tough championship campaign, and they currently languish ninth on the table with just 46 points on the table.

They seem unlikely to finish in the Champions League places with a 10-point deficit in fourth place with just six games to go.

However, they are still in contention for European football through the league and need to finish at least seventh to qualify for the first Europa Conference League.

It’s something that doesn’t fascinate fans, but the club will be looking to finish as high as possible. They are seven points behind Liverpool, seventh.

The next game is likely to attract a lot of attention, especially with fierce criticism from fans for the club’s involvement in the formation of the European Super League.

The club quickly apologized and pulled out of the separatist league, but there is expected to be a ‘Kroenke Out’ protest ahead of Friday’s game.

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