Blow for Arsenal as Wenger reveals Aubameyang illness

Blow for Arsenal as Wenger reveals Aubameyang illness

The London club bolstered their forward line by signing the Gabon worldwide from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee on Wednesday but Aubameyang, 28, did not fully participate in Thursday's training session due to a fever.

Arsenal tried to bring in Jonny Evans on deadline day to provide a further option in defence but that bid failed, leaving Wenger to challenge his side to improve.

The French manager commented the Gunners' January transfer campaign revealing that he Arsenal could have done more and revealing which player he is still missing.

"I believe we have to find an internal solution to our defensive problems, and that means everyone putting more effort in".

"That's where we needed some possible strengthening as well". "We need people who can give us more offensive power". We want to go in the top four.

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Wenger confirmed Aubameyang may have to wait for his Arsenal debut as illness could rule him out of the Everton game, where Mkhitaryan will make his first start for the club.

Aubameyang should partner Lacazette up front in the strike-force.

Wenger hasn't used a consistent 4-3-3 since the days of Gervinho, Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott over five years ago, but the arrivals of Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang could see him revert to the attack-minded formation.

Wenger also tasked Mesut Ozil to take on the leadership role in the team following he exit of Alexis Sanchez. We are flexible - we can play with a back three or four.

"He [Ozil] has committed his future to the club in a period where we are in a tricky position in qualifying for the Champions League", Wenger told reporters, according to Sky Sports. Aubameyang was sick as well so we have to assess him today. It will be fascinating to see how this new-look Arsenal team lines up against Everton.

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