After what Unai Emery described as a ‘very bad day’ for injuries, Arsenal were pressed into using Stephan Lichtsteiner at left-back during the Gunners 3-1 win over Leicester at the Emirates.
Injuries to both left-backs – Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac – left us short in a position which was filled in the last 30 minutes by midfielder Granit Xhaka after his Swiss international teammate was taken off.
It added to defensive worries as we were without Sokratis too, but we coped well enough to take all three points and get our tenth win in a row under our belts.
Speaking after the game, Emery provided an update on the injuries ahead of the Europa League clash with Sporting on Thursday and the Premier League visit to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
“Yesterday was a very bad day for our injuries because we lost two in the same position – Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal,” he said.
“They were in training with a small problem, but we did the group for today with both but this morning the news was they were not good to play.
“We had another player to help us like Lichtsteiner today and Xhaka – he played 30 minutes at left-back – but for us, for our balance it’s better if Nacho or Sead are OK to play in this position.
“We are going to look at how they are for the next matches, but I hope they can play on Thursday or shortly afterwards.
“Sokratis, he trained yesterday. I think he can stay for Thursday and we are going to look because now with a lot of matches in a few days it’s important the players get the good preparation.”
It’s a bit unclear as to whether that means the Greek international is going to stay in London to make sure he recovers fully, but we’ll find out in due course.