Arteta provides update on squad fitness

Emile Smith Rowe in action for Arsenal U21

Ahead of our Premier League clash against Brentford, Mikel Arteta provided updates on several key players' fitness.

The boss informed the press that no squad decisions will be made before tomorrow, as "one or two players can be considered for training and selection".

"Whoever will have to be ruled out, that is going to be tomorrow. We have those 24 hours to see," he added. 

Meanwhile, Emile Smith Rowe remains a doubt for the next match, after experiencing some discomfort in the groin area. 

"It's been an ongoing issue that Emile's had," Mikel said in the pre-Brentford press conference. "It's something we are trying to assess and trying to help as much as possible because we need him fit, we need him available and we need him performing at the best level, because he's such an important player for us."

The Hale End graduate has yet to make a Premier League start for us this season, though he did feature as a second-half substitute in our last game against Manchester United.

Despite speculation that Ben White's fitness is the reason why he was left out of Gareth Southgate's England squad, Arteta confirmed that White is not carrying any injuries.

As for Alex Zinchenko, who missed our matches against Aston Villa and Fulham, Arteta has not yet ruled him out for this weekend: "Again, we have to wait until tomorrow to make that decision.

"What we have decided to do for the international break, doesn’t mean that we are going to say the same for the weekend, so it’s something we will address tomorrow."

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