Huge blow for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta is set to miss 4 players to AFCON

Written by Nirmal Selvam

March 29, 2021

Arsenal are set to miss Thomas Partey, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Elneny and Nicolas Pepe for the games in January 2022 next season after their respective countries qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

Nicolas Pepe’s Ivory Coast recently qualified with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Niger, placing them on the top of their Group K table. Meanwhile, Aubameyang helped his Gabon side to a 3-0 victory over D.R. Congo, with a goal and an assist to his name, while Egypt and Ghana qualified with 1-1 draws to Kenya and South Africa respectively.

This is the 33rd edition of AFCON and it was originally scheduled to be held between June and July 2021. However, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) shifted the date forward to January 2021 due to unfavorable climatic conditions, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, then delayed the start date of the tournament till January 2022.

Partey, Aubameyang, Elneny and Pepe all get called up every international break without fail and this would particularly leave Arsenal’s midfield bare in the summer, if Dani Ceballos doesn’t sign permanently with the club at the end of this season and the loanees Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira decide to move on.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Related Articles

Arteta keen to bring Wilshere back to Arsenal!

Arteta keen to bring Wilshere back to Arsenal!

A couple of weeks ago, Jack Wilshere did a reveal-all interview with The Athletic in which he shed some light on the difficulties he had been giving away from football. Desperate for a club to sign with or even train with, Wilshere now appears likely to return to...

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich: Player Ratings

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich: Player Ratings

Arsenal squeezed out their first win of the season at home to Norwich yesterday. However, despite dominating the game, we only managed to score one rather scruffy goal, courtesy of Aubameyang. Not that this matters in terms of getting us off bottom of the league, but...

Comments

0 Comments

Stay Up to Date With The Latest News & Updates

Disclaimer

ATSN is not an official partner of Arsenal, Premier League, or any other related organization.

Sign up for our newsletter

Receive a weekly newsletter with the most recent developments and important updates

Follow Us

Get our most recent updates and articles by following us on social media.