You can’t really get more unlucky than losing three left-backs before you even play your second League game of the season, but that is what has happened to Arsenal!
Kolasinac is expected to be out for ten weeks, and Monreal got injured early in the World Cup, and when he returned we thought he was improving but another setback ruled him out of last weeks game. The Spaniard has only been in light training until today, but suddenly everyone is saying its a big boost, but would you play Monreal against Chelsea after two months off and three days training? I simply can’t see that being a sensible thing to do….
So then Maitland-Niles came in for the Chelsea game, as he was the go-to guy for Wenger when he needed a backup full-back, but Kyle Walker soon put paid to that with a big clash of knees. Niles will not be recovered for the Chelsea game either. At least Lichtsteiner was available on the bench, despite his normal position being on the right, and he actually did a very good job on his debut.
Emery was saying last week that Welbeck had played left-back in training and he may be okay as a wing-back, although I’m not sure of his defensive capabilities. But Emery is definitely running out of options..
Who would you put in there?