Arsenal will be without Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis for next weekend’s Premier League trip to Southampton.
Both picked up yellow cards in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield at the Emirates today, bringing their total to the season for five meaning they have to serve a mandatory one game suspension.
The Greek international went into the book for a foul on some time-wasting twatnozzle, while his central defensive partner was shown a yellow card for what the referee considered a dive in their box.
Arsenal also had Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka booked for simulation, and as far as we know that’s the first time three players have been booked for that offence in one Premier League game.
Mustafi’s day got worse when he left the pitch with what looked like a hamstring strain in the second half, meaning he could miss the entire festive period if the injury is serious. Afterwards Unai Emery described the injury as ‘small’ but we’ll wait for further assessment.
With the injury to Rob Holding this week, it means the boss has got some serious thinking to do about the centre of his defence for the Southampton game and beyond.
Nacho Monreal made his first appearance since October, while Laurent Koscielny was back in the squad since suffering that terrible Achilles injury in May.