Team News: Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a major doubt for Chelsea clash

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The forward has been bothered by a calf problem.

Arsenal are sweating on the physical fitness of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of their Boxing Day Premier League clash with London competitors Chelsea.

The forward has missed out on the last 2 games with a calf injury and boss Mikel Arteta will be keen to have him back as the Gunners seek to resolve their bad run of form.

Thomas Partey (thigh) is expected to lose out once again however fellow midfielder Granit Xhaka is offered having actually served a 3-match restriction and Gabriel Martinelli is most likely to be fit after hopping off against Manchester City on Tuesday.

Chelsea will hand late physical fitness tests to full- backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James ahead of the Emirates Arena encounter.

Chilwell has an ankle concern and James a knee problem, and the England stars might miss out on both the Arsenal clash and Monday’s Stamford Bridge conference with Aston Rental property.

Hakim Ziyech is also still sidelined with a hamstring injury however is surrounding a go back to action.

Arsenal provisionary squad: Leno, Runarsson, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Gabriel, Luiz, Mari, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Tierney, Saka, Ceballos, Partey, Willock, Elneny, Xhaka, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Willian, Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Martinelli, Nketiah, Balogun.

Provisionary squad: Mendy, Caballero, Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Christensen, Tomori, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell, James, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Gilmour, Mount, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Anjorin, Pulisic, Abraham, Werner, Giroud.

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