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Arsenal team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Napoli

Arsenal team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Napoli

Sports Mole rounds up Arsenal’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Napoli.

Two of the favourites for Europa League glory will go head to head on Thursday night when Arsenal host Napoli for the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

The Gunners have been forced to overcome away first-leg defeats in both knockout rounds so far, but 3-0 wins at the Emirates have been enough to take them through to the last eight.

Italian giants Napoli represent the biggest test in this season’s competition yet for Unai Emery‘s side, though, and they will know that anything other than a win would leave them with a mountain to claim at the Stadio San Paolo next week.

Here, Sports Mole‘s rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for Arsenal ahead of the contest.


ARSENAL’S INJURY LIST

© Reuters

Status: Slight doubt
Type of injury: Foot
Possible return date: April 11 (vs. Napoli)

Laurent Koscielny has missed the last two games with a bruised foot and Emery refused to confirm that the Frenchman will be fit in time for Thursday – although he did suggest that he is hopeful of a “positive” update.


Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka pictured in November 2018© Reuters

Status: Slight doubt
Type of injury: Thigh
Possible return date: April 11 (vs. Napoli)

Granit Xhaka is also yet to feature since the international break due to a “small injury”, although he is thought to be nearing a return and could recover in time for this match.


Arsenal's Hector Bellerin is stretchered off on January 19, 2019© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Hector Bellerin suffered ligament damage against Chelsea in January and underwent surgery which will keep him out for between six and nine months – ruling him out for the rest of this season and perhaps the start of next.


Rob Holding is stretchered off for Arsenal on December 5, 2018© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Rob Holding was also ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a serious knee injury he suffered in December.


Danny Welbeck is stretchered off the field during Arsenal's Europa League tie with Sporting Lisbon on November 8, 2018© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Ankle
Possible return date: Unknown

Danny Welbeck could feature before the end of the season after all having made good progress from the serious ankle injury which has kept him out since November. Welbeck’s future remains up in the air, but Emery is hopeful that he may get a chance to prove himself before his contract expires this summer.


ARSENAL’S SUSPENSION LIST

Arsenal have no players suspended for this match, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Granit Xhaka will both miss the second leg if they are booked.


Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny in action during his side's Premier League clash with West Ham on January 12, 2019

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