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.
Arsenal have suffered a glut of injuries to defenders in the first third of the season, but the one player that is yet to kick a ball is our captain Laurent Koscielny, who has had serious Achilles injuries over the last two seasons. There is a real possibility that he will never be able to take to the field again for the Gunners, according to sports physiotherapy expert Luke Anthony. He said on FootballLondon: “As you get older you recover less well,”
It has been revealed that Unai Emery arranged a Facetime chat between the Arsenal players and Danny Welbeck before taking the field against Wolves at the Emirates yesterday. “We talked to him before the game in the meeting,” Bernd Leno revealed. “We had a FaceTime session with him.”
There is good and bad news for Arsenal fans as we ain to extend our unbeaten run today against Wolves. Of course we won’t be seeing Danny Welbeck any time soon, which will limit our attacking options for the season ahead and Emery and the management team will have to decide how to fill his gap. I personally would like to see Emile Smith-Rowe given more chances as he always looks imprsseive when used in minor games.
With tomorrows game against Blackpool and the big game against Liverpool coming up on Saturday, Arsenal are going to need all their best players fit and ready for the weekend. We had some bad news against Palace as Hector Bellerin was taken off by Emery, who said after the game: ‘Yes, he’s injured,’
We have seen nearly all Arsenal’s defenders being injured at some time or another this season, but it looks like we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel and should have most of them back in the next few years.
Arsenal cruised to a facile 3-1 win over Leicester last night but yet again we were forced to start with Lichtsteiner in left-back for the second time this season. It looks like Monreal and Kolasinac are both out injured at the same time again, and obviously Maitland-Niles is not fit enough to do his understudy duties yet. In fact with Sokratis still in the treatment room we had young Zech Medley on the bench as our only recognised defender.
Arsenal have been a bit short on defenders so far this season, with Monreal, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis and Mavropanos all having time in the treatment room along with captain Koscielny. Thankfully Monreal recovered reasonably quickly and Kolasinac is now back and Maitland-Niles has also returned to training this week. Sokratis should be able to play next week, Mavropanos is expected back to training in a couple of weeks, and the latest is that Koscielny has also rejoined the squad, but the boss says it will still be some time before he can play. Emery told Arsenal.com: “He is very important for us because he is our captain,” he said. “He is starting this week to do some training with us together and it is very, very good news for us.