Arsene Wenger Confirm This Lethal Hitman Will Miss Thursday’s Europa Game

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he’s unsure whether Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be fit to face Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

Mkhitaryan made his return from a knee injury at Old Trafford yesterday and scored in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

But the Armenia international was taken off with 15 minutes to go after taking a knock against his former club.

And the 29-year-old is now a doubt for this week’s crucial Europa League semi-final second leg at Atletico Madrid.

“We will see if Henrikh Mkhitaryan is available for Thursday,” Wenger told BBC Sport.

“I took him off because he had a bang on his knee.”

Wenger made eight changes for the defeat to United with one eye on his side’s trip to Spain.

Mkhitaryan’s knee problem meant he missed last week’s first leg at The Emirates in which the Gunners conceded a late goal to draw 1-1.

Arsenal took a second-half lead through Alexandre Lacazette but 10-man Atletico clawed one back thanks to an Antoine Griezmann strike with eight minutes to go.

Wenger also has concerns over goalkeeper David Ospina and Alex Iwobi, who both started in the defeat to United.

The Frenchman added: “Mkhitatryan had a little knock on his knee, Ospina has a rib problem and Iwobi has a hamstring problem.”

But when asked whether they were all ruled out for Thursday, Wenger replied: “At the moment, no. We will have to monitor them.”


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