Europa League: Arsenal trio in contention to face Villarreal

Europa League: Arsenal trio in contention to face Villarreal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed Kieran Tierney, Pierre-Emerick Aubameuang, and Alexandre Lacazetter are in contention to face Villarreal tomorrow. 

Arsenal travel to Estadio de la Ceramica to face Villarreal in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Tierney picked up a knee ligament injury during Arsenal's loss to Liverpool and was expected to miss the remainder of the season and potentially the European Championship this summer. 

However, the Scottish is now in contention to face Villarreal and this will be a huge boost to his national team as well. 

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Captain Aubameyang has been on the sidelines recovering from malaria he contracted while on international duty with Gabon. Lacazette is also available for selection having missed Arsenal's loss to Everton after the Frenchman sustained an injury in a 1-1 draw with Fulham. 

They are all in contention, all of them - including Aubameyang, Laca, and Kieran. They are all in contention for the game," Arteta responded when asked about the fitness of the trio in his pre-match press conference. 

On Tierney's recovery

"He didn’t need the surgery that at the beginning we were afraid of. Then he has been working like a beast every single day," he explained. 

"And I don’t know if he is going to make it tomorrow, but certainly he wants to be as close as possible to that football pitch to give himself the best possible chance."

In another news defender David Luiz has also resumed training. 

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