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Despite hearing from Mikel Arteta on Thursday, we are yet to receive an injury bulletin from the Arsenal medical department ahead of the match against Manchester City.
Pablo Mari (ankle), Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) and Calum Chambers (knee) are all expected to remain out but the ankle injury that stopped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reporting for duty with Gabon isn’t thought to be serious, with the striker pictured in training on several occasions over the international break.
The Gunners might even get an unexpected boost in having Kieran Tierney available, with the Scottish defender initially ruled out due to social distancing protocol; reports on Friday suggest Arsenal have been successful in appealing against the 14-day period of self-isolation.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has generally been preferred to Bukayo Saka at left wing-back in the “tougher” fixtures under Arteta, while Mohamed Elneny similarly got a look-in when the Gunners faced Liverpool in the Community Shield and in Gameweek 3.
Deadline-day singing Thomas Partey is hoped to be the long-term solution in the middle of the park but having only started training with his new teammates on Thursday, Arteta will make a late decision on the Ghanaian’s involvement at the Etihad.
Eddie Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe are the alternatives to Alexandre Lacazette and Willian, with Dani Ceballos a more creative option in the middle of the park.