According to Injury Data Analyst Ben Dinnery, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was given permission to sit out of Gabon’s friendly against Zambia on Tuesday, to ensure he is fit for this weekend’s trip to face Newcastle.
This will be encouraging news for Arsenal fans, as their team would struggle without the former Borussia Dortmund man.
The 29-year-old has started all four Premier League games under new manager Unai Emery so far this season, and it looked as though he had forged a new partnership up front alongside Alexandre Lacazette against Cardiff two weekends ago.
That is why it would be a bitter blow to Emery and all fans of The Gunners, as it looked as though the team had struck upon a new partnership that would continue throughout the season.
Arsenal could do with his pace through the middle of the park, particularly if Newcastle decide to sit back and defend as they have in the previous games. Aubameyang’s quick turn of pace may be what his side will need to mark a dangerous run into the box and get the other side of defenders’ shoulders.
Whilst Lacazette would be able to replace the Gabon international effectively, it would still be a major boost to The Gunners to have both on the field.
Arsenal are currently in ninth place in the Premier League, after two wins and two losses in their opening four games. A victory at St James’ Park would be crucial as the club seek to climb up the table, and they will be sure to target 18th place Newcastle.