“They are all in contention,” he said. “All of them, including Laca, Auba and Kieran.”
“[Kieran] didn’t need the surgery that at the beginning we were afraid of. Then he has been working like a beast every day. I don’t know if he’s going to make it tomorrow but he certainly wants to be as close as possible.”
The fitness update will come as a huge boost for Arteta ahead of the club’s biggest season to date, though Arteta is wary of risking further injury.
“We do need them because we know that we have some players that are in contention and they are the ones that can make the difference in a big tie like this,” he continued.
“But the word risk, I don’t like it. I want to put players on the pitch that can perform and feel secure they can perform. If it is a risk or we…