Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Hector Bellerin is out of tomorrow night’s Europa League encounter with AC Milan.
The Spaniard is suffering from an inflammation of the knee and was unable to finish the training session this morning, so has not been risked.
The issue for Arsenal right now is that we don’t really have a back-up of sufficient quality, with Calum Chambers able but much more comfortable in the centre of defence.
Speaking from Italy this evening, Wenger said, “He is injured, he has an inflammation of his left knee.
“He had a scan yesterday, he tried today and it needs further investigation. He has to spend the afternoon in the hospital to see why he is in so much pain. It’s not a long-term thing.
“He tried, he went out, but couldn’t absorb the training session, so we had to leave him behind.”
It sounds a bit worrying to us, so fingers crossed it’s nothing too serious.
Arsenal will also be without his compatriot, Nacho Monreal, who remains sidelined with a back injury, while Alexandre Lacazette’s recent surgery means Danny Welbeck will start up front looking for his first European goal for the club since a hat-trick against Galatasaray in 2014.