Arsenal overcame non-league side Sutton United last night, in what was a rather unconvincing 2-0 win. The match result means that the Gunners progress onto the next round of the FA Cup, with Lincoln City next up in a cup fixture at the Emirates.
Personally I was disappointed with the match last night, in which Arsenal clearly didn’t play their best football. It was a fantastic tie for Sutton United and a proud moment for the club, but the Arsenal players should once again think about what a terrible performance it was. Without looking back, we take on the positives that we are into the next round of the cup. It has however come with a price to one of our players, Alex Iwobi, who has picked up a foot injury.
Iwobi was withdrawn by Arsene Wenger during the second half of the match, seemingly at the time for rotational purposes. However it may have actually been a case of not risking an aggravation to injury. Iwobi was involved in a studs up challenge against Sutton and although he seemed to have come out of the tackle completely fine; perhaps it began to feel sore a little later on into the fixture. Iwobi was subsequently pictured after the match, showing a well-nursed ankle, which was bandaged up by the club’s medical team.
The duration of the injury is unknown at the moment and he will probably be set for a scan in the coming days. It doesn’t seem to be anything more than a little niggle, or perhaps the bandage is just on for protective purposes of preventing a further concern. I suppose we will be sure to find out in the coming days.
Losing Iwobi at this time would be a blow to Arsene Wenger, given that he was just getting close to achieving a fully fit squad, especially since the returns of Welbeck and Mertesacker. Iwobi remains a very promising player and a regular starter at the club, however with Lucas Perez desperate for a chance to start, perhaps this will be a good opportunity for the Nigerian international to sit out and to be replaced by the man who reportedly wants out of the club, if not given the chance to play!