Unai Emery fears Arsenal have lost another player to a big injury after Hector Bellerin was stretchered off in the second half of the Gunners’ 2-0 win against Chelsea.
Our right-back, who claimed an assist for Alex Lacazette’s opener, went down on 68 minutes clutching his left knee and immediately called for the referee to stop the game.
In obvious agony, he required extensive medical attention before being stretchered off.
The fear now is that, like Rob Holding earlier this season, he has done serious damage to either his medial ligament or anterior cruciate ligament. In either case it could spell a long period on the sidelines.
After the game, Emery said: “We will wait. It’s his knee. The prediction is it could be an important injury. I hope no, but our first impression is not positive.”
Granit Xhaka, on the pitch when Bellerin went down, added: “I don’t know what happened. They said something is wrong with his knee but I hope it’s not a long injury. We need him and you could see that today. I wish him all the best and I hope it’s not a big injury.”
Bellerin only returned from a calf strain last weekend having missed four league games since limping off against Southampton.
Ainsley Maitland-Nilesm Stephan Lichtsteiner and Carl Jenkinson are Emery’s other options at right-back as we weigh up games against Manchester United, Cardiff and Manchester City.
In the meantime, big love to brother Hector. Get well soon.