Arsenal receives huge boost ahead Villarreal clash on Thursday

Arsenal receives huge boost ahead Villarreal clash on Thursday

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney are all “in contention” to face Villarreal, according to report.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg, Mikel Arteta confirmed a triple fitness boost for his squad.

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“They are all in contention,” he said. “All of them, including Laca, Auba and Kieran.”

“[Kieran] didn’t need the surgery that at the beginning we were afraid of. Then he has been working like a beast every day

The fitness update will come as a huge boost for Arteta ahead of the club’s biggest season to date, though Arteta is wary of risking further injury.

“We do need them because we know that we have some players that are in contention and they are the ones that can make the difference in a big tie like this,” he continued.

“But the word risk, I don’t like it. I want to put players on the pitch that can perform and feel secure they can perform. If it is a risk or we are going to take a gamble, I don’t think it is the right game to do it.”

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