Team news: Arsenal outcast to return but duo set to miss Frankfurt clash

By on November 27, 2019

Arsenal welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to the Emirates on Thursday night knowing a win will secure top spot in Group F of the Europa League.

The squad is in good health heading into the game but the club confirmed on Arsenal.com earlier today that Hector Bellerin is a doubt after picking up a tight hamstring during the draw with Southampton at the weekend.

Hector was replaced midway through the second half of the 2-2 draw and he wasn’t able to train with the rest of the squad this afternoon so it looks highly unlikely he’ll be risked tomorrow.

Sead Kolasinac also trained away from the main squad at London Colney today as he continues to recover from a minor hamstring issue that was sustained during the international break and kept him out of the Southampton game.

The only other injury concern is Dani Ceballos and the Spaniard is certain to miss the visit of Frankfurt tomorrow night as he’s not expected to be back in training until mid-December due to a hamstring injury.

An update on Arsenal.com said:

Dani Ceballos
Left hamstring. Sustained during the Vitoria SC (a) match on November 6. Aiming to return to full training mid-December.

Sead Kolasinac
Left hamstring. Returned from international duty with tight left hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Thursday’s match.

Hector Bellerin
Tight hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Thursday’s match.

Unai Emery will rotate his players once again in the Europa League and it appears an outcast is set to make his comeback. Emery held his pre-match press conference this afternoon and the ‘boss’ hinted Granit Xhaka is set to return to the fold for the first time since his bust-up with the fans last month.

Emery told Arsenal.com:

He’s in the group and has the possibility to play tomorrow. I hope every supporter supports the team. Xhaka’s comeback is going to be important to us.

It will be interesting to see how the fans respond to Xhaka’s return but I think it will be muted with very little booing. We all know it’s just a matter of time before he [and Emery] leaves the club so there is no point making an unpleasant atmosphere. Plus, the crowd tomorrow is expected to be one of the lowest attendances in years so there won’t be a packed house looking for blood.