Arsenal handed possible defensive boost ahead of Bournemouth clash

According to Arsenal’s latest fitness update via their official website, centre-back Sokratis has returned to full training after a spell on the sidelines with illness.

The Greek star has missed Arsenal’s last two games and the club report that the 31-year-old will be ‘assessed’ ahead of Monday evening’s FA Cup 4th Round clash against Bournemouth.

Sokratis’ touted return couldn’t have come at a better time as David Luiz will be suspended for the trip to the Vitality Stadium after being sent off in our 2-2 draw against rivals Chelsea.

Luiz was forced into making a rash challenge following an error from Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis’ return to action will hopefully steady a nervy backline.

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The Gunners have been dismal at the back this season, the north London outfit have conceded the second-most goals (34) of teams in the top eleven of the Premier League.

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  1. gotanidea says:

    Just want to see Ceballos start as no 10

    1. chukzenith says:

      I believe u still out of support for Ozil at No.10
      For me Ceballos can come in at 2nd half, but Ozil still the best to start..

      Beside we don’t know if we got future with ceballos yet, is he staying or going back to real Madrid?

      The guys is Good, but he will get his chance… I hope the coach hears what you may be wishing and grant it.

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        We might as well utilise him while he’s here… IJS

        1. chukzenith says:

          But leting the manager decide when and how to utilise him

      1. ken1945 says:

        That was directed at gotanidea.

  2. S.J says:

    Luiz, Holding, Sokratis, Mustafi so we have just 4 senior CB,s presently.

    It is a shame this 4 talented CB,s could not lead us to a top 6 presently.

    Hopefully they all improve and stay fit for the fight for Top 6 places by May.

    And I think when fit and in form Luiz and Holding are our best 2 CB,s available.

    1. chukzenith says:

      Everything will go well when we start to support the players we have got here.. Bellarin… Was great at chelsea…

      Hopeful of holding too…
      Boys need engey from us to make us proud gunners again

  3. Kev82 says:

    Holding and Mustafi can do a job against lowly Bournemouth, I’m not too worried about that one.. Sokratis and Luiz will be back for Burnley 👊

  4. Umar Kaigama says:

    Holding and sokratic are the best central back that we have now

  5. chukzenith says:

    Sokratis a decent defender, but he is not without his mistakes on a bad day.. But he is strong and I love him in an arsenal Jersey…

    But if he is not quite ready to start one match won’t decide our season, he should be well recovered from the injury before he should play…

    If he is selected we will support him, if someone else is selected I will still support the selected…

    10th position not good enough, but 6th is good enough either., 4th every season was y fans asked for the back of (AW)..

    Now we farer from 4th than we ever were in his era..

    Arsenal need supporters not Criticisers.. Not destroyer of players and disunited fans…

    Arteta, mentioned this, he needs the fans behind the team… The work can not be corrected and done over night..

    If arsenal escape relegation this season, then we can see if there will be any changes by middle of next season…

    Thanks one love Arsenal
    Gunners for life

  6. NY_Gunner says:

    Xhaka didn’t do to bad at the back against Chelsea. Why not try him and Holding together against Bournemouth. Start with AMN and Torrera in mid. IJS

    1. AUBA_14 says:

      Agreed. I think Xhaka would be a great CB in general. Leave Torreira alone as 6 and put Ceballos to help Ozil:
      Bellerin Mustafi Xhaka Saka
      Pepe Martinelli

  7. jon fox says:

    Oh Great! That magnificent wrestler Sokratis might soon be back in our team to grapple with the opponents strikers. What a depressing thought! Right now we have two of the worst three CBs that have ever been regular choices at Arsenal( Mustafi/Sokratis) in all my 62 years attending. The other, Luiz, is only among the bottom 5, so by comparison is almost a “star”. Gus Caesar was the worst with Schillachi running the wrestler and the slider close for bottom three. How damned depressing and still that filth Kroenke sits in his ivory tower on a different, remote continent counting his personal wealth. He wouldn’t recognise a moral if one came up behind him and bit him! Oh, how I wish one would! Better still if it had a poisonous bite.

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