There is not too much to be happy about this morning if you are an Arsenal fan, after another exit from the league cup, currently known as the EFL cup, with Arsene Wenger demonstrating once again that he has very litte respect for this trophy or desire to add it to his collection with an Arsenal team selection that would have struggled to beat a lower league team, never mind our Premier League bogey team Southampton.
There are, however, two things in the Arsenal news today that should be able to cheer us Gooners up, if only a little bit, and both of them come in the shape of injury updates. With the Arsenal squad suffering it´s usual long number of absentees this is pretty important for our chances of any trophy success this season.
The first bit of news reported by Metro is about Mohamed Elneny who added to our misery last night after being replaced by the boss before halftime, but after the match Wenger revealed that it was just a question of him being ill, not picking up a knock.
The Frenchman said, ‘Elneny was sick before the game and after 10 minutes I could tell he wasn’t right.
‘He has diarrhoea or a stomach problem.’
Whikle some Gooners may wonder why Elneny started the game at all if he was not well, we can at least stop worrying about him being out of action for long, something that we have had to manage with the England international striker Danny Welbeck, although that is coming to an end sooner than expected according to Metro.
The good news for Danny and Arsenal is that he is due to start training again this month and although it is likely to take a little time for him to get match fit this is a big boost to the squad that has been struggling with more injury problems than all of our rivals.