Arsenal team news and injury updates ahead of Olympiacos clash including Emile Smith Rowe

Arsenal take a break from Premier League action on Thursday evening as they turn their attention back to the Europa League.

The Gunners will take on Olympiacos in the Round of 16, returning to Athens where they narrowly squeezed past Benfica in the last round.

Mikel Arteta’s men make the trip to Greece on the back of a frustrating stalemate last time out, drawing 1-1 with Burnley in the Premier League.

But the good news is that while the trip to Turf Moor proved mightily frustrating, it was not a particularly bruising one with few injury concerns to worry about ahead of the Europa League clash on Thursday.

Here’s this week’s rather short Gunners injury round-up.

Emile Smith Rowe

Arsenal provided the latest on Emile Smith Rowe’s injury ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burnley.

There was some positive news on the midfielder, but he underwent late tests to see if he would be fit for the Turf Moor clash and was not deemed fit to play.

“Emile was substituted just before half time at Leicester City last Sunday with discomfort in his hip,” the club update read. “Assessments and scans this week have shown that it is not a significant injury.”

Martin Odegaard went on to fill in for Smith Rowe at Burnley but Arteta will be hopeful to get the midfielder back for the clash with Olympiacos.

Willian, Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard were all substituted during the Burnley game, but it’s understood all three changes were tactical, and there are no suspensions for the Olympiacos tie.

 

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