Arsene Wenger admits he’s worried that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be out for several weeks as he waits for scan results that will determine how badly the midfielder has damaged his medial knee ligament.
The Armenian international went down under a heavy challenge in the second half of yesterday’s 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow and, after receiving treatment, limped off to be replaced by Alex Iwobi.
The midfielder looked to be in considerable discomfort as he made his way around the pitch perimeter and has already been ruled out of Sunday’s game with Southampton.
“He has a scan this afternoon but his medial ligament is touched so he will not be available for Sunday,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“He will not play [on Sunday]. For how long he will be out we will know that after the scan. But the first impression is not too positive today. I fear [it could be several weeks] and I hope I’m wrong.”
Mkhitaryan has made a strong start to life at the Emirates picking up the club’s fan-voted player of the month award for January and February.
While there’s no particular need to rush him back for domestic fixtures, the boss will certainly be hoping that the former-Manchester United man will be available should the Gunners successfully secure safe passage to the Europa League semi-finals.
Here’s hoping it’s not as bad as feared. Nobody wants a sore Micki.
I hate it when my Micki takes too much of a beating.
Those Russian Bastards!
It looked fairly deliberate too.
Ohhh poo 🙁
But as my father always said you should always use proper protection when Russians are playing with your Micki
That is the value of developing players and giving them a run …. any 1st team member can get injured and the manager needs to bring along players who can step in and help the team …..good management
I hope you are wrong too Mr Wenger…We really do need him for the remainder of the season.
Hope we get our Mikitikitaryan back real soon
Without Micki we are clueless as a team. Mkhi and Ozil are behind Ramsey’s form. Without them Ramsey cannot make those runs unmarked.
Why does it happen only to Arsenal players? Something must be fundamentally wrong with our training. Although since the arrival of Shad we’ve seen quicker recovery times.
It was clash of knees, nothing to do with our training methods.
And it doesn’t just happen to Arsenal players. We don’t pay attention when Man City lose Kompany or Mendy; we certainly don’t moan when Alderwereild, perhaps Spurs’ best player (yes, I know), is hurt.
I know that it’s an impact injury but even that seems to happen too often with us. Already reports coming out that Mkhi will miss the rest of the season. Let’s hope it’s not too bad. We need him in the EL.
Man how can you predict or prevent a contact injury? This is football, it’s a contact sport. Sometimes maybe good and sometimes maybe shit!
Wish Mkhytarian a speedy recovery though, hope it’s not ligament damage and that he could be available for the semi-final (as long as we don’t fuck it up in the return leg in Moscow).
I know but itseems like our players are made of glass. These things happen. More so when a team plays technical football like us. I’m just saying it’s a consequence of more ball work and less gym work. No winter break in the pl doesn’t help our case either. Add to that bad refereeing decisions and what not it’s just cruel. We’d be in the hunt for top four if not for bad refereeing. Here we go. Mkhi injured again when we need him the most. Just feels like groundhog day. Kroenkes don’t do nothing to improve our squad either.… Read more »
No more work in the gym would prevent a tear to the medial collateral ligament, this type of injury is common in football and in rugby (who by your logic shouldn’t be breaking their ‘glass legs’) when blunt force is applied to the knee. It’s got nothing to do with Arsenal its just an unfortunate contact injury.
Looking for a scapegoat and someone to blame ? Jumping to hasty conclusions ? Why this negativity …. this is bad for the person’s life expectancy …. try being positive for a change … trust me ….
Such a pity he was doing so well and has really made a difference. I hope he heals quickly.
Fuck. He’s been quality for us over the past few weeks – really lively, creative and with a work rate I never expected from him.
Don’t want to be a downer on the lad, but seeing Iwobi come on for him is such a dip in quality.
On his day Iwobi can be just as good but he is still very inconsistent
Iwobi is sorely lacking confidence, it was quite sad to see him not take that shot on goal and instead try to cross it to Lacazette.
Shit he was in great form hope he is out few weeks till we play the semi-finals, if not I hope welbeck can step up he played with lacazette at the start of the season and they had good combination together And then there is iwobi hope both of them hit form when when is needed the most.
Should be a wake up call to our need for numbers in quality particularly for wide positions still. If we consider we have 3 in attack and 3 in midfield in terms of positions, we should have 12 to vie for 6 positions total. Assuming Elneny in midfield and say Nelson in attack are reserves, that would mean 5 to rotate into 3 positions each. One injury in attack will mean we have 4 options into 3 spots. That’s about right. BUT the wide positions could do with more pacy and tricky players who can beat a player or two… Read more »
Fuck. However much money theý are making this is a tough trade. I complain my ass off when I have a cold.
Well, now he’s really an Arsenal player.