With Arsenal’s excellent home record, we had high hopes of stopping Man United’s winning run last night, especially as we started with quite a strong defensive line-up with Sokratis and Koscielny in the middle and Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac on the flanks. But as usual, disaster struck after just twenty minutes when Sokratis landed awkwardly after an aerial dual with Jesse Lingard and was forced off and replaced by Mustafi.
Although Arsenal managed a fantastic win against Chelsea this weekend, It has not been all brightness and light after Hector Bellerin was stretchered off and the BBC has now confirmed that the injury is extremely serious and he will miss the rest of the season.
Poor Arsenal have been suffering desperately from injuries for so long we have forgotten what our proper defensive line-up should look like, but with a glut of very tough fixtures coming up it is great to see that our injury crisis could be coming to an end at last. Arsenal.com has finally reported that these Gunners are all now back in training….
It is definitely becoming too much of a habit lately as it looks like another Arsenal player gets injured in every single game we play at the moment. The latest addition is the Armenian Henrik Mhkitaryan, who fractured his metatarsal in the League cup game against Tottenham. He is not expected to return to full training for six weeks at least.
Every week we seem to be losing more players, andespecially members of the Arsenal defensive line-up. This week we have lost both Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin, and although Kolasinac may not be proved to be a long term problem, Bellerin is definitely out for at least another couple of weeks. Henrik Mhkitarayan also injured his right ankle and we are waiting for him to be assessed.
Arsenal’s injury list was long enough before yesterday’s defeat at Southampton, and it just goes to show how bad it is when you see a back three of Lichtsteiner, Xhaka and Koscielny. Luckily Sokratis was only missing because of his one game suspension and can return on Wednesday. Mustafi was also banned but sustained a hamstring injury against Huddersfield. Of course Rob Holding is out for the season, and we are waiting for Dino Mavropanos to return to training.
We are very used to seeing Arsenal defenders in the treatment room, but the injury to Rob Holding at Man United was sure to give us even more limited options with Koscielny, Mavropanos and Monreal also in the injury list. But now Unai Emery has announced that our captain Koscielny is now ready to rejoin the first team squad after a couple of outings for the reserves, and if he quickly gets back to his best it will be real boost for the team.
Ever since the beginning of the season, Arsenal have been plagued with injuries to our defenders, and we rarely get a settled back three (or four) for a run of games. But since we brought in Rob Holding to team up with Sokratis and Mustafi we have looked so much stronger at the back.