Having missed out on Monday night’s 3-1 win over Leicester at the Emirates, both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are doubts for Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Sporting Club in Lisbon.
Arsenal were forced to use veteran right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner at left-back, but he tired during the second and was replaced there by Granit Xhaka for the final 30 minutes.
The latest medical team update from the club suggests both our established left-backs continue to be assessed, casting doubt on their potential availability.
It will give Unai Emery something to think about if they can’t play, and Arsenal may want to exercise some caution with a busy and challenging schedule coming up.
However, there was some good news as both Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Petr Cech have returned to full training. The centre-half could come back in, while it remains to be seen how the coach will deal with the goalkeeping situation.
Bernd Leno has come in and performed well. Perhaps Thursday night’s team will give us a bit of clue in that regard.