Arsenal have some defensive worries going into tomorrow’s Premier League encounter with Liverpool.
Hector Bellerin is suffering from a thigh strain which saw him withdrawn at half-time in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last week; Sokratis is still feeling the effects of an ankle injury picked up during the Interlull; while both Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal have had hamstring problems which required Granit Xhaka to start two consecutive games at left-back.
It’s far from ideal when you’re facing a team with an attack as potent as Liverpool’s but despite that Unai Emery didn’t sound too concerned when he addressed the issue at his press conference on Friday.
“We are playing a lot of matches – Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday,” he said when asked about his potential defensive crisis.
“We need every player and injuries are normal in a season. Today, we are going to do the last training with the players.
“There are doubts but we are going to wait to see if we can use one or another player in the full-back positions, but if they cannot play we are going to play another player.
“We will play 11 against 11. I think now we have a good spirit and excited players for tomorrow. For me, the players are okay and we are going to play tomorrow.”
You can’t argue with the solution. If the player you really want isn’t available, you play another player in his place.
It’s like the circle of life. Except there’s unlikely to be a singing warthog tomorrow. In its place, we’ll take an Arsenal win though. We’re not greedy.