The Gunners have had an inconsistent campaign this season and though they still have an outside chance to win the Premier League trophy, injuries to crucial players at crucial times has hampered their chances.
And the international break has not given them good news to start off with as in-form youngster Alex Iwobi is now reportedly hospitalized due to an illness.
The Nigerian international travelled to train with the national team but he did not take part in the practice session after he suffered from food poisoning, according to Nigeria coach Samson Siasia.
The 19-year old was hospitalised in Abuja and did not train with the rest of the squad ahead of the AFCON qualifier against Egypt.
However, Siasia, the coach revealed that the forward is now in stable condition and that he will not take part in the practice sessions with his squad.
“He suffered from food poisoning and so was not part of the training. But his condition is stable,” disclosed Siasia.
This will come as a blow to Arsene Wenger who seemed to have a liking for the youngster who scored his first goal of the Premier League in the 2-0 victory at the Goodison Park earlier this week.
He is a quick-footed player who can take on his man with ease and also has good finishing abilities and seems to be a player for a long time at the Emirates.
It was also revealed that a salad he had eaten may have caused the illness and the father of the 19-year old also visited him in the hospital wishing him a speedy recovery.
Iwobi has already played two games for his father’s native country but is yet to play a senior game for the Nigerian national team.
Elsewhere in Iwobi’s absence, 19 other Nigerian players continued to train in the Abija National stadium and will train at the Kaduna later today.
The players include skipper Ahmed Musa, Mikel Obi, Carl Ikeme, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Etim Matthew, Ifeanyi Matthew, Oghenekaro Etebo, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Orji Kalu and Fernando Adi, Umar Aminu, Aaron Samuel, Moses Simon, Odion Ighalo, Chibuzor Okonkwo and Kelechi Iheanacho.