Arsenal have confirmed that Petr Cech’s left hamstring injury could keep him sidelined for up to a month.
The 36-year-old sustained the problem in the first half of last weekend’s 2-0 win over Watford and was replaced by Bernd Leno.
The German, who up to that point had only made appearances in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, excelled when called upon and should retain Premier League responsibilities in Cech’s absence.
Despite a two-week Interlull we still have six games coming up in October starting with a trip to Azerbaijan side Qarabag on Thursday. It remains to be seen whether Leno is risked in the cup competitions, we suspect that third-choice keeper Emi Martinez could now get some game time.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Dinos Mavropanos will resume full training at some point this month, while the medical team still have Laurent Koscielny pencilled in for a November return. Emile Smith Rowe is fit for selection.