Two key Arsenal stars not pictured in training ahead of Norwich City clash


Arsenal face Norwich on Boxing Day hoping to keep their winning run going

Arsenal face Norwich on Boxing Day hoping to keep their winning run going (Picture: Arsenal)

Arsenal look set to be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Takehiro Tomiyasu for their Boxing Day clash against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

The Gunners have put behind them the recent blow of losing successive away matches at Old Trafford and Goodison Park, stringing together a run of four successive victories in all competitions.

Mikel Arteta’s side thrashed Sunderland in midweek to advance to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and those players that started on Tuesday, including the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, were given a day off with the trip to Carrow Road in mind.

Japan international Tomiyasu, however, wasn’t seen in the video posted on Arsenal’s official YouTube account.

The 22-year-old was already a doubt after he was taken off during the second-half against Leeds last weekend with a muscle strain.

Aubameyang, meanwhile, has been in exile ever since it was confirmed he had committed another disciplinary breech and was subsequently stripped of the captaincy.

Takehiro Tomiyasu suffered an injury during Arsenal's win over Leeds

Takehiro Tomiyasu suffered an injury during Arsenal’s win over Leeds (Picture: Getty)

The 32-year-old has played no part in his side’s return to form, although Arteta refused to deny he would be available for selection on Saturday when the subject of Aubameyang’s potential return date came up on Wednesday.

The Arsenal boss added his handling of the situation is not a method to establish his authority, insisting he just wants ‘respect and commitment’ from his players.

‘I don’t establish my authority by being dictatorial or trying to be ruthless,’ Arteta said.


‘I just ask for one thing, it’s respect and commitment. That’s all.

‘And if you don’t ask for that at this level, I think I pack my bags and I go somewhere else because that’s the minimum you can ask for.

‘I am sorry but I am going to expect that from everybody who works for the club. First of all myself.

‘And the day I don’t do that, I walk through that door and go and do something else. It is as clear as that.

‘To be successful you have to be passionate about something and you want to represent a club of this size with its history, that is the minimum standard you have to bring.

‘I am not going to ask anybody to put the ball into the top corner every time they hit it, but I will ask them to do the right things every single day for this club. That is for sure.’

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