Arsenal Accident News: Unai Emery offers positive updates on Alex Iwobi, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Ainsley Maitland-Niles


The Gunners boss is confident he will have three senior stars at his disposal for a Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Wednesday

Unai Emery was without Ainsley Maitland-Niles against Southampton and saw Stephan Lichtsteiner and Alex Iwobi limp for a 2-0 win, but all three should be ready for the mid-week session.

The Gunners have had to struggle with their fair share of injuries in the last few weeks.

It seemed that two more bodies would go to the treatment table after a vital victory over the saints who brought Arsenal back into the top four in the Premier League.

However, Emery is confident that her walking wounded – and Maitland-Niles who has struggled with the disease – will be vying to face Bournemouth on Wednesday.

The Spaniard said of the Nigeria midfielder, Iwobi: "I hope it's just a stroke and not a major injury, I hope he can play on Wednesday."

He added the versatile Swiss defender: "Lichtsteiner has a backache, but I think he can feel good even on Wednesday."

And on a 21-year-old graduate academy, he said: "I hope Maitland-Niles can also be ready for Wednesday".

For now, Arsenal is able to reflect on a positive result that has brought them back to the driver's seat for qualifying for the Champions League.

Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19

Emery said of that battle: "For us, the first competition is the Premier League because it's giving us the chance to be consistent – it's the first goal for us, but also the Europa League.

"The Premier League is giving us consistency and at the moment I think we feel strong at home, we won at Huddersfield in the last game, but I think we need more consistency, we know that."

The Gunners have the opportunity to find that consistency as the games will arrive soon, with Premier League matches completed by the Europa League outings – with an overall 3-1 victory over BATE in that competition after having booked a 16th with Rennes.

Emery added: "We have a habit of playing lots of games in a week.

"I think today I'm happy because I told them, I was very proud of them afterwards on Thursday as they worked in a very difficult game for the result, and it was a dangerous game with the result of a 1-0 loss.

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"Today we have decided to make some changes in the team and it is very important to continue with our intensity and our performances with different players.

"We need to be together and we can feel stronger with each player, and the ability to use different players in different matches with the intensity we want to play".