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Arsenal have revealed the reason for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s notable omission from the team to face Everton in the Premier League on Saturday night.
The Arsenal captain scored his first top-flight goal since 1 November during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, but was absent from the team named after the trip to Everton.
Arsenal confirmed on Twitter that Aubameyang was not in the call for the day due to a pulled calf. The club did not confirm how long the forward would be absent, as the Gunners faced a three-game streak in seven days after Saturday’s trip to Goodison.
Mikel Arteta’s team will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, before hosting London rivals Chelsea in the Emirates on boxing day. Arsenal will conclude 2020 with a visit to Brighton on December 29.
Having been Arsenal’s top scorer during his first two seasons with the club, Aubameyang has found the net just three times in 13 Premier League games this season.
Willian, 31, was replaced by Willian in the Gunners’ starting eleven for the clash with Everton in one of two forced trades for Arteta’s team.
David Luiz replaced the suspended Gabriel, who was sent off during the midweek draw with Southampton.
There was some positive news for Arsenal fans despite Aubameyang’s absence, with Gabriel Martinelli named to the first team squad for the first time this season.
The teen hadn’t appeared with the Gunners’ first team since June after sustaining a knee injury, but he had been turned around during the under-21 Papa John’s Trophy loss to AFC Wimbledon on December 8.
Arsenal entered Saturday’s clash with Everton without winning in their last six Premier League games, a streak that dates back to 1 November.