Arsenal confirm five stars unavailable vs Wolves while Saka faces fitness test

Arsenal have confirmed that five stars will not be available for the clash with Wolves, though it’s not all bad news for Mikel Arteta.

Sead Kolasinac is unavailable having ttested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He remains asymptomatic and is currently following protocols ahead of returning to training with his Gunners team-mates.

Thomas Partey is out having sustained a strain to his left thigh during the loss to Aston Villa on November 8.

He is yet to return to full training with the Gunners confirming he is progressing with his rehabilitation.

Nicolas Pepe was sent off against Leeds last week and will serve the first of his three match suspension.

Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli are long-term injury problems and will not feature against Wolves.

And, while that may all seem negative for boss Arteta, Willian and Mohamed Elneny will be available for selection.

Elneny had tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Egypt though has been cleared to return.

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Willian, meanwhile, suffered a slight calf issue last weekend but he has shaken that off and could start against Wolves.

Bukayo Saka sustained a dead leg at Elland Road though returned to full training during the week.

He is still being assessed and is set for a late fitness test before the Gunners decide whether he will be ready to play against Wolves.

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Arteta said of the clash with Wolves: “We know we have to be prepared to go against both situations, in the back three formation they have different options to play as well and they are threat in different areas, so we need to get prepared like we always do.

“[It is] a really tough game, they are one of the most organised teams in the league for sure.

“They have been together for a long time, they have shown in big games against big opponents how difficult they can make it so I am expecting a difficult game against a team that dominates almost every aspect of the game I would say. They know exactly what to do.”

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