Arsenal’s fans may have to wait a little longer to see new club-record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action.
The 28-year-old striker joined from Borussia Dortmund for $79.6 million on Transfer Deadline Day on Wednesday, but Arsene Wenger has revealed the Gabonese forward may not be available this Saturday to play against Everton (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) at the Emirates Stadium.
“We had Jack who was sick – I still have to assess him today. I hope he will be capable of being in the squad. He’s better. He’ll train with the team today and we’ll see how he feels,” Wenger said. “Aubameyang was sick as well so we have to assess him today. Apart from that, Welbeck is not completely back from injury. He’s not ready.”
Arsenal’s boss confirmed that new playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan will make his first start for the Gunners and is hoping to link him up with his former partner in crime at Dortmund, Aubameyang, if he overcomes his illness.
“Certainly Mkhitaryan will start. That’s a possibility, yes. Aubameyang, I have to assess how well he feels,” Wenger added.
It will certainly be intriguing to see how Wenger will manage to squeeze his new attacking players into the Arsenal starting lineup along with Mesut Ozil (who signed a new contract on Thursday) and Alexandre Lacazette.
All eyes will be on the new “Fab Four” in the Premier League between now and the end of the season as Wenger has put his faith in Auba, Mkhitaryan, Ozil and Lacazette to lead the Gunners into a brave new era with all eyes locked on next season and trying to sneak into the top four this season.