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Sport Aubameyang and Smith Rowe 'to miss Sheffield United game'

03:26  11 april  2021
03:26  11 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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  Saka and Smith Rowe both DOUBTS for Arsenal's showdown with Liverpool Saka was forced out of this month's England squad with a hamstring strain while Smith Rowe had to sit out England under-21s' Euros defeat by Croatia on Wednesday night due to a hip issue. 1/3 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail Saka was forced to withdraw from this month's England squad with a hamstring strain 2/3 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail Smith Rowe, meanwhile, sat out England Under-21s' Euros defeat by Croatia on Wedne 3/3 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail Arteta says both men have work to do to b

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wearing a costume: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Arsenal have suffered a huge double blow ahead of their Premier League tie against Sheffield United with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe both ruled out.

However, given the mood music among Arsenal fans and pundits alike this season, one of these absences may be felt far greater than the other.

Aubameyang is out because he is suffering from flu while Smith Rowe has an ankle problem, according to The Athletic.

The Gunners have failed to win their last four matches in all competitions to leave their season hanging by a thread. Most recently Arsenal turned in an abject performance in the Europa League in drawing 1-1 with Slavia Prague.

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With the north Londoners sitting tenth in the Premier League table, questions are being raised over the effectiveness of Mikel Arteta's senior players compared to their academy graduate counterparts.

Aubameyang has been a huge disappointment this season, and was dropped to the substitute's bench for the draw against Slavia on Thursday, though he came on and assisted Nicolas Pepe's goal.

Aubameyang was dropped to the substitute's bench for Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague © Provided by Daily Mail Aubameyang was dropped to the substitute's bench for Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague

The Gabon international has managed just nine goals in 25 Premier League appearances this season.

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Smith Rowe, however, has been one of Arteta's few positives this campaign. The 20-year-old has shown lots of creativity and energy in his 14 league appearances so far, and together with Bukayo Saka is credited with being the driving force behind Arsenal at the moment.

Jamie Carragher recently blasted Arsenal's senior players as a 'malignant influence' who could leave behind a 'negative legacy' that affects the likes of Smith Rowe and Saka.

Arteta will hope both Aubameyang and Smith Rowe are fully fit to face Slavia in the reutrn leg on Thursday, but they have a must-win match at Bramall Lane first.

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He leaves his post with the Blades bottom of the Premier League table having collected only 14 points from 31 matches this season. They are 18 points adrift of safety. © Provided by Daily Mail Sheffield United announced the news of their chairman's resignation on Friday evening Manager Chris Wilder departed the club last month after almost five years in the job in which he guided them from League One to the Premier League.

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