Arteta issues injury update on Kieran Tierney with growing squad problems

Kieran Tierney was forced off during yesterday’s loss at the hands of Chelsea, while fellow Arsenal stars Gabi Martinelli and Bukayo Saka also had to to be taken off.

The Gunners were already without the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Willian, Alex Runarsson, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey and Ben White yesterday afternoon, and we didn’t make it through the clash with the Champions League winners unscathed either.

The Scottish defender was the most worrying however with quad problems, with the extent of his injury unknown, while Gabi was confirmed as cramping and should be find. Saka is still not 100% as he looks to return to match fitness hence why he had to be replaced.

The manager confirmed as such in his post-match press conference(via the Mirror), with Tierney the only player expected to be unavailable on Wednesday when we take on West Brom.

“They had to limp off. I don’t know KT [Tierney] had an issue with his quad and Gabi was cramping,” Arteta said.

“With Bukayo they have not played 90 minutes for a long, long time, but we have to ask them to do that right now when they are not fully prepared. But they tried really hard the boys.”

While we are unsure on the extent of KT’s injury, we do have Nuno Tavares waiting for his chance, and will slot in nicely in his place, leaving one of Cedric Soares, Granit Xhaka or Bukayo Saka likely to have to fill in should another option be needed at LB, with Sead Kolasinac likely to leave before the transfer window closes next week.

Patrick

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7 Comments

  1. guy says:

    I can only imagine how tiring it must be running around for 90 minutes once a week with only 1-2 weeks traing beforehand. Poor little mites

  2. JanV says:

    Guy – that’s a nice sound bite but anyone who has performed sport at a high level would know you can not mimic competition.

    In football, this means you can not get match fit without playing matches. All the training in the world is not going to prepare you for 90 minutes of PL football.

  3. VasC says:

    All those world class training facilities, sport scientists and conditioning coaches for nothing???

    Match sharpness – Totally agree with you.

    But, match fitness – I doubt that.

    1. Ayan says:

      Only two games and some of our players are tired and not fit! Hmmmn! Even without European competition, how do we navigate 38 matches?. We have a relatively young team and we will play less matches than our rivals. Infact we are supposed to be one of the fittest team. Arteta does not have any excuse please!!!

  4. Mogga Emmanuel Silvano says:

    The atmosphere at arsenal needs revolution. MA Has lost the fan base including me right here in ug. I doubt the consistent arsenal lose is the tactics MA Is using, someone can see him realling gambling. Bring a senior coach like antonio conte and demote MA As assistant coach if he wishes as he has the arsenal DNA. Giving him too much tyme is ove boys!!

  5. JW says:

    Injuries – Arteta’s excuse de jour!!

    I thought the 2-0 score line at the weekend really flattered Arsenal. It could easily have been 6-0 if Chelsea hadn’t eased off.

    The presence of Gabriel and Partey might have made some difference against Chelsea, but for the rest of the missing players, I would say they were NOT missed.

    I suspect that neither Tierney nor Ben White will play against Man City. That will give Arteta an excuse for another League defeat.

    Then magically they will all return against Norwich.

    I do not think Arteta is in danger of being fired until at least Xmas, and he will probably get to the end of the year.

    I think 8th place might be beyond us this year, and we might have to settle for 10th. Whether 10th will be enough for the Board, I doubt it. The axe may fall in June 2022.

  6. Wa'a bala says:

    Arsenal are reputed thesam mistake for transfer insuse Edu is not good enough for transfer chege him for who known the fitted players to the arsenal pls

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