Sports Mole rounds up Arsenal’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of their Europa League semi-final first leg against Valencia on Thursday night.

Arsenal need to put their recent Premier League woes behind them as they face what could be a season-defining match against Valencia on Thursday night.

The Gunners have lost three top-flight matches in a row since comfortably beating Napoli in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, leaving them needing a big helping hand in the race for a top-four finish.

Unai Emery‘s best shot at dragging the North London outfit back into the Champions League is by winning UEFA’s secondary competition, then, and Arsenal have a good chance to do that as they take on La Liga’s sixth-placed side over two legs for a place in the Baku final.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up Arsenal’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of the match at the Emirates Stadium.


ARSENAL’S INJURY LIST

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey hobbles off the field with a hamstring injury during the Europa League clash with Napoli on April 18, 2019© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Hamstring
Possible return date: May 12 (vs. Burnley)

Ramsey may have played his last game for Arsenal after picking up a hamstring injury against Napoli earlier this month, which will definitely rule him out of this first leg.


Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal celebrates scoring against West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Calf strain
Possible return date: May 2 (vs. Valencia)

Monreal missed the 3-0 loss to Leicester City on Saturday with a calf strain and is now in a race to be passed fit for Thursday’s match.


Mesut Ozil celebrates his equaliser during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Crystal Palace on April 21, 2019© Reuters

Status: Slight doubt
Type of injury: Foot
Possible return date: May 2 (vs. Valencia)

Ozil also missed the Leicester match and Emery will wait until the eve of the Valencia match before deciding whether the German midfielder is fit enough to return to action.


Denis Suarez in Arsenal gear on February 3, 2019© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Muscle fatigue
Possible return date: Unknown

Suarez’s loan spell from Barcelona has not been a success, and Emery’s vague description that the Spaniard has “muscle fatigue and an injury” means that he is likely to see out the rest of the season on the sidelines.


Arsenal's Hector Bellerin is stretchered off on January 19, 2019© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Bellerin has been sidelined since early this year and will not feature again until next season due to a serious knee injury.


Rob Holding is stretchered off for Arsenal on December 5, 2018© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Holding also damaged his ligaments earlier this season and he too will miss the remainder of the campaign.


Danny Welbeck is stretchered off the field during Arsenal's Europa League tie with Sporting Lisbon on November 8, 2018© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Ankle
Possible return date: Unknown

Welbeck has been out with a serious ankle injury since November and, while Emery remains optimistic that the attacker might feature before the end of the campaign, Thursday’s match comes too soon for him.


ARSENAL’S SUSPENSION LIST

Arsenal have no players suspended for this match, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles‘ red card against Leicester only ruling him out of his side’s next domestic match.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulls one back during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Crystal Palace on April 21, 2019

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