Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe out of Arsenal trip to Sheffield United


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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe have both been ruled out of Arsenal’s trip to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Aubameyang, the Gunners captain who was left out of the Europa League clash with Slavia Prague on Thursday, is suffering with flu and will not be risked.

Smith Rowe has been known to be a doubt due to an ankle issue and The Athletic confirm that he will not feature against the Blades this weekend.

Flu is clearly not expected to keep the 31-year-old forward out for long, while Smith Rowe’s ankle problem is not particularly serious and both could be back for the second leg against Slavia Prague next Thursday.

The first leg finished 1-1 at the Emirates and Arsenal will need all the weapons available to them in the second leg after the Czech side put themselves in a strong position.

Smith Rowe started the first leg this week while Aubameyang was surprisingly left on the bench although came on to set up Nicolas Pepe’s opener.

Arsenal are dealing with a few injury concerns at the business end of the season with Kieran Tierney and David Luiz certainly out of the trip to South Yorkshire, while Martin Odegaard is also likely to miss out.

The Norwegian is only a short-term concern and should be back next week, but the Scot and the Brazilian face weeks on the sidelines with knee problems.

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