There’s some not very good news at all from Arsene Wenger’s press conference in Sofia, Bulgaria tonight…
Wenger sat down to talk to the media ahead of Tuesday nights Champions League game against Ludogorets. He revealed some team news, including the fact that Cazorla, Walcott and Monreal are not yet back fit. But the worst news of all was that Bellerin, a key player in the Arsenal eleven, had picked up an injury in training and had not travelled with the squad.
In all honesty, the fans will not care too much that Hector will be missing for the Champions League game tomorrow night, Arsenal should be able to overcome the team they beat 6-0 at home without him in the squad – however if the injury is long-term, and Wenger did not specify, there will be a worry.
The Gunners have Mathieu Debuchy (but where is he?) and Carl Jenkinson (just returned from a long term injury) as senior back up options to Bellerin – but neither player are up to the standard of the Spaniard.
Arsenal have just had an easier run of fixtures, but it is about to get a lot harder. Before Christmas the team will face Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG and more tricky opponents. Fans will hope it’s only a knock, but as Arsenal fans we can never be too confident about these things as a ‘few days’ often turns into weeks and ‘weeks’ into months.
Here’s some of the instant reaction on Twitter to the news.
Is Bellerin injured?! We better get Debuchy fast tracked. Jenkinson is a train wreck.
— Omo (@Omo_6) October 31, 2016
@Arsenal Bellerin now injured? Great. Nasty November is definitely approaching.
— Humza Ahmed (@24_Humza) October 31, 2016
The Bellerin news is worrying, he's one player we cannot afford to lose at this stage of the season. Spurs & United up next.
— Chris (@Gooner_DB) October 31, 2016
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I’m crossing everything that he only didn’t travel as a precaution and will be fit and firing for the North London derby on Sunday… let alone the rest of the dreaded festive period.