Greek tragedy? Fitness updates on Sokratis & Mavropanos

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Arsenal have confirmed that Dinos Mavropanos will be sidelined for four weeks with a groin problem.

The young Greek defender had been expected to feature in the Carabao Cup and Europa League but will now miss at least the next six games. In his absence, Unai Emery will have to rely on Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis.

The latter limped off against Everton at the weekend with what looked like a knee injury following a collision with Theo Walcott. Having been assessed by the medical team, it’s thankfully only a dead leg.

We’re assuming the summer signing will miss Brentford’s visit to the Emirates tomorrow but could be in contention for the Watford game on Saturday. Henrikh Mkhitaryan also looks to miss the visit of the Bees, he’s still being assessed after picking up a knock against Vorskla.

Elsewhere, Sead Kolasinac has returned to full training following the knee problem he picked up in pre-season. He’ll provide competition to Nacho Monreal at left-back.

Carl Jenkinson is also back in full training, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles (fractured fibula) and Laurent Koscielny (ruptured Achilles) continue to make progress.

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Gio
Gio

That title scared me!

gooner
gooner

Me too. Thought Eris had dropped an another feuit for the not so fairest

gooner
gooner

Fruit.

Eris don’t do this to me.

Chamakhyoungpark
Chamakhyoungpark

Was worried what Sokratis was going to bring to us, but along with Lacazette, he has probably has been our best player so far this year.

Bob
Bob

With Holding looking quite bright on Sunday, so you think we should be going with a pair of him and Sokratis then? I know I’d be inclined to, but I don’t see Emery dropping Mustafi to be honest. He does have quite good passing from the back and he obviously values that highly. Would be nice to see Rob get some game time though. High hopes for him 😀

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

When Kosc is back, I’d play him and Sokratis in the league and Holding and Mustafi in the cup games.

Hantal
Hantal

Depends how well Mustafi can tidy up his game. We’ve seen there’s a good defender in there, if the errors can be eased out then he’ll keep his place

Bob
Bob

I wonder how many followers Lewis ambrose lost on twitter due to Sokratis

TeeCee
TeeCee

I wonder how many people give a shit about how many followers Lewis Ambrose has on twitter?

Bob
Bob

I’m just noting that he was on the arsecast as the “Bundesliga expert” and forewarned us that Sokratis was poor, on the decline and couldn’t pass the ball… it’s satisfying when a player is derided and proves people wrong.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

It’s important dammit

Stephen
Stephen

Lewis … Ambrose … Lewis … Ambrose.
Nope, never heard of her.

RobinAVanWithPersie
RobinAVanWithPersie

Trust in Mislintat

Mondaylee
Mondaylee

What a sigh of relief! Now let’s continue with our winning streak. Long may it continue.

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

Good news, actually. Sead back in training will give some relief to Nacho, and appearing vs Brentford can be a good opportunity to ramp up.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Great news if Sokratis is back for the weekend.

Ididntpay
Ididntpay

The same Carl flippin Jenkinson, formerly of the British spine of the Arsenal team?

TeeCee
TeeCee

The geraniums at our training ground aren’t going to water themselves…

Wreh's FA Cup dream
Wreh's FA Cup dream

At what point do we call him ‘former England international, Carl Jenkinson’?

A Different George
A Different George

Not sure a fullback is part of the spine. You may walk differently than I do, so maybe.

Louqmane
Louqmane

Anyone else noticed the rate of injury recovery? Seems to be on time or earlier,maybe its just my excitement for a new regime….. either way, am glad for the positive news updates… Long may it continue!!!!!!

Madrid Gooner
Madrid Gooner

To be fair the rate of injury recovery has been slowly getting better ever since Shad Forsythe came on board

Hamburg Gooner
Hamburg Gooner

it´s not just Shad – over the last few years they put a lot more people into the fitness and medical departments. And improved the facilities at London Colney too. Seems to be bearing fruits now …

Hantal
Hantal

They’re reporting better too. Often in the past we were given vague ‘a few weeks’ style comments so when it was a month it seemed off. Now I think they’re looking at worst reasonable case and aiming for sooner

Mark
Mark

It already looks like a lost year for Mavropanos if he can’t play these early rounds of the Europa League and the domestic cup competitions.

RobinAVanWithPersie
RobinAVanWithPersie

Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s loaned out in January then, to get some regular first team football. Especially if Koscielny returns and finds his form

jon

Sokratis is maybe the best summer signing. But is it possible to recall Kristyan Bielik from Charlton, as we did with Francis Coquelin from the same club three years ago?

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I’d prefer we didn’t. He needs as much playing time as possible, and preferably to remind the world He’s actually a potentially amazing DM, and not another middling Arsenal-type CB. He’s also currently injured (slightly mind).

Let’s not forget Julio Plezg is still around. Always been really good, put often overlooked for whatever reason, he actually suits the more modern pressing style. Plus his Spanish connections might help him. He’s already been playing with the first team, whilst under Wenger he was pretty much written off.

YaGunnersYa
YaGunnersYa

I’d definitely give Julio a run out for the last half an hour in Mustafi’s place, assuming that we are ahead by then

Jack but
Jack but

Carl jeckinson , really, thought he was shipped

Hantal
Hantal

Haha, no. I’m not really sure why he received his last contract but I believe it ends at the end of this season

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

I can’t wait for Lolo to be back. I would like to see him play next to Sokratis. I think they will work well together.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

THAT name tho.
#MAGA

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

It just occurred to me. We could see a back 5 of Cech, Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Sokratis, and Monreal this season. That is OLD!

VAgooner
VAgooner

collective age of that back 5: 819 years

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

That’s an average of 163 years???

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

_average age_

Stephen
Stephen

Old men at the back, young whippersnappers on front of them. A winning formula before.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

I think we should give them a name. “The Grandads”

santori
santori

Still not entirely sure why we sent Chambers and Nelson off on loans.

Good for the players and possibly long term for us but not good in the short haul.

Given Mavropanos is hardly proven material, it would be wise to have kept Chambers. Sokratis for all his good performance last two matches also makes mistakes. Add in Mustafi, Holding and you’d feel we should hedge our bets a little. If anything I would have sent Mavropanos on loan but maybe after Koscielny returns to fold.

Nelson we could have done with particularly with how unbalanced the team looks. Right side of attacking midfield lacks width. IF Bellerin is occupied further back, we lack threat on that flank as evident against Everton.

Mhkitaryan is a hybrid player at best for right flank. Ozil is not in his best position there nor Ramsey.

The alternative maybe to try and play AMN there when he returns or possibly switch Iwobi to right flank on occasion.

santori
santori

Worse to worse, we may have to cycle Lichsteiner into a Cback role.

santori
santori

And how the fuck did he get a groin problem. What’s he been doing with it?