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Aubameyang out of Arsenal’s Cup quarter final clash with Manchester City and could face further missed matches


Aubameyang out of Arsenal’s Cup quarter final clash with Manchester City and could face further missed matches

Aubameyang out

Aubameyang missed Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Everton on Saturday with a calf problem. Instead, Mikel Arteta decided to choose Eddie Nketiah to play in the striking role, following on from his assist in the match against Southampton from the same position.

The young forward could be set to continue for longer than expected with Arteta confirming that Aubameyang will not be available for Arsenal’s quarter-final match against Manchester City.

“Aubameyang is not fit for tomorrow, that’s for sure. We will see who’s available because we have a few doubts in other positions,” said Arteta.

Arsenal have seriously struggled for goals this season and will be irritated not to have their captain available for the match. The Gabonese striker scored twice against City in their FA Cup semi-final match last season.

With Nketiah having started the last two Premier League games in the space of a week, it could transpire that Alexandre Lacazette would come into the line-up for the match against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Young striker Folarin Balogun has been option from the bench in Europe this season, scoring twice in just over an hour of football. Arteta could choose to field the youngster and give him more minutes but it is more likely the French senior figure will play.

Martinelli pressure

Whilst the injury to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is unideal, the return of young Brazilian starlet Gabriel Martinelli will certainly improve Mikel Arteta’s squad.

The 19-year-old made his debut in the senior side last season, typically in the Europa League competition. However, his performances were so good that he began to earn more minutes in the Premier League.

Much was expected of the Brazilian towards the end of last season’s finish. However, an injury to his knee kept him out for the rest of the season and the beginning of the current campaign. Now back in the side, Arteta is keen not to put too much pressure on a young player such as Martinelli being the saviour of Arsenal season.

Aubameyang out of Arsenal’s Cup quarter final clash with Manchester City and could face further missed matches

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)

“We cannot put that pressure on Gabi’s shoulders,” he said. “He brings that enthusiasm that the fans can see but remember what Gabi has done in the PL is very limited. Let him develop like we do with many young kids we have here.”

Martinelli could feature in the cup match against Manchester City but Arteta may choose to rest him. This would allow him to be more ready for the match in the league against Chelsea where Arsenal are in desperate need of picking up points.

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# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 14 17 31
2 Leicester City FC 14 9 27
3 Everton FC 14 6 26
4 Tottenham Hotspur FC 14 11 25
5 Southampton FC 14 6 24
6 Manchester City FC 13 7 23
7 Manchester United FC 12 3 23
8 Chelsea FC 13 12 22
9 West Ham United FC 13 5 21
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 13 -4 20
11 Aston Villa FC 11 8 19
12 Newcastle United FC 13 -5 18
13 Crystal Palace FC 14 -6 18
14 Leeds United 13 -2 17
15 Arsenal FC 14 -6 14
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 14 -6 12
17 Fulham FC 14 -10 10
18 Burnley FC 12 -12 10
19 West Bromwich Albion 13 -16 7
20 Sheffield United FC 14 -17 2
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 9
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 9
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 9
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 5
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 5
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Adams, Che Southampton FC 4
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 4



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