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.
Coming up to October Arsenal would normally have a long list of injuries with quite a lot of them long term, but right now our treatment room is very close to being emptied. First of all we have our captain Laurent Koscielny, who was thought to be out until after Christmas at least, but his recovery has been better than expected. He is now expected to return to training in a couple of weeks, but he will need at least a month to get back to full fitness.
The Gunners have always suffered badly with injury problems, but sure it is not really normal for us to have so many Arsenal players on the treatment table after just one game!
The result from Unai Emery’s pre-game conference looked like this…..
There were plenty of positives, from an Arsenal fan’s point of view, when the Gunners took on CSKA Moscow in the home leg of the Europa League quarter-finals this week, not least of which was the 4-1 result which barring a disaster in Russia next week will see Arsenal in the draw for the semi-finals.
Winning the Europa League is not the only thing left for Arsenal to do this season, as we also9 have the small matter of seven Premier League games left to play. With Burnley and Leicester City hot on our heels the Gunners cannot afford to slack off too much as we may well still need that sixth place to get us into Europe.
Poor old Steve Bould took today’s Arsenal press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Stoke because Arsene Wenger has caught the dreaded lurgy and lost his voice, and the assistant manager was just about as interesting as watching him sit on the bench beside wenger during games!
When we heard this week that Arsenal’s very own Jack wilshere was going to miss both of England’s friendlies this week with tendinopathy, which is chronic case of tendonitis and needs to be controlled regularly.
I have found a desription of the treatment for tendinopathies on WebMD