Leeds United face Arsenal tomorrow evening, but the visitors will be without former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Leeds don’t have the luxury to drop players on principle right now.
If a player is fit and ready for the game week, they’re likely to be heavily involved right now, simply because there’s no one else to replace them.
Mikel Arteta has a unique issue at Arsenal right now as he prepares his side for a trip to Elland Road.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been absent from the Gunners’ last two games following the manager stripping him of his captaincy after his latest disciplinary breach.
Arsenal have won both games against Southampton and West Ham, scoring four and conceding none.
As they get ready to travel up north, the Spaniard has confirmed that the 32-year-old forward will not be available against Leeds (via Fabrizio Romano):
It’s almost expected that they weren’t going to select Aubameyang, but he is a big loss to them.
He has been in terrible form of late so that has helped Arteta make such a stern decision on him.
However, there’s no denying he’s their best goal scorer, so to not be playing him does boost our chances.
We have our own problems to sort out first and foremost though, so whatever team Arsenal field, we’re in for a tough match.