Arsenal’s medical team have confirmed that Rob Holding underwent a successful operation to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Thursday.
The defender suffered his season-ending injury during last Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United. He now faces at least six months of rehabilitation before he returns to first-team action.
Elsewhere, the club have confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi’s hamstring injury is enough to make him a doubt for next Wednesday’s Carabao Cup game with Sp*rs. The German limped off in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield after picking up a booking that means he’s suspended from this weekend’s trip to Southampton.
Sokratis is also suspended having hit the five yellow card mark last Saturday. It means that Laurent Koscielny, who made his first appearance for the club since May in last night’s win over Qarabag, Nacho Monreal and Stephan Lichtsteiner could form a patched up three-man defence.
The boss has already spoken about the need to be cautious with the Frenchman. He’s set to assess our club captain over the next 24 hours before making a decision about his involvement this weekend.
A minor hip injury continues to rule Emile Smith Rowe out of action, while Danny Welbeck and Dinos Mavropanos remain long-term absentees.
Southampton have had a triple injury boost ahead of Ralf Hassenhutl’s first home game in charge. Danny Ings and Shane Long are back to full fitness, while defender Cedric Soares is also back in contention.