Arsenal’s medical team have released their latest squad fitness bulletin and it remains unclear who of our injured defenders will be available for this week’s matches with Blackpool and Liverpool.
Hector Bellerin, nursing a thigh problem, will definitely miss tomorrow’s Carabao Cup clash with the Tangerines; in fairness, he probably wouldn’t have been selected anyway. On the plus side, he hasn’t yet been ruled out of Saturday’s match with Jurgen Klopp’s side, which suggests it can’t be that bad an injury.
Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac, both suffering from minor hamstring injuries, seem to be relatively close to a return, but again, it’s vague. Neither is ruled out of tomorrow’s game, they continue to be assessed.
Unfortunately, we have lost Mohamed Elneny, who probably would have played a part tomorrow, to a thigh injury. He won’t train for two weeks.
The likes of Laurent Koscielny and Dinos Mavropanos are also out of contention for a while longer; most likely into November.