Arsene Wenger expressed his concern that Andre Santos could miss Saturday’s match with Everton after the Brazilian full-back appeared to turn his ankle blocking a shot in the second half of last night’s 3-1 defeat against Olympiakos.
A surprise inclusion in the starting line-up, the summer signing was replaced almost immediately by Ignasi Miquel but now faces a nervous wait as the medical team examine the extent of his injury.
The Gunners are already without Kieran Gibbs who is sidelined with a hernia and having sold both Gael Clichy and Armand Traore in the summer are somewhat short of options on the left side of defence.
Speaking after the match, Wenger told reporters: “Hopefully Santos will not be too long but, for Saturday against Everton, he looks to be short.”
The player himself tweeted almost immediately after the game relaying his hopes of still taking part in the weekend’s fixture: “I hope it’s nothing serious and I can go back to doing what I love before the Everton game.”
Big-boned Santos wasn’t the only injury headache following a physical showdown in Athens. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was subbed in the first half after a clash with Thomas Vermaelen left him with a deep cut on his knee.
“Fabianski felt a deep cut on the knee and Santos suffered a bad ankle injury. He looks like he will be out for a while,” Wenger confirmed.
Arseblog News expects Vermaelen to take up the left-back slot against the Toffees with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker filling the central positions and Johan Djourou on the right. An inanimate carbon rod will be sitting on the bench as back-up to Wojciech Szczesny. You heard it here first.