Arsenal have confirmed that Sokratis will be sidelined for a month as a result of the ankle injury sustained during the defeat to Manchester United.
The Greek jarred his left ankle as he contested a header in the early stages and was replaced by Mustafi. Unai Emery didn’t think the problem was too serious, something backed up by the BBC’s David Ornstein, but we’ll still have to survive a month without him.
In better news, Laurent Koscielny, who was also forced off on Friday, hasn’t broken his jaw.
The Frenchman required ten minutes of treatment after Lukaku’s boot caught his face in an innocuous coming together. He was taken to hospital for a scan but thankfully has ‘only’ suffered soft tissue swelling.
It’s hard to tell how long he’ll be out but hopefully the swelling will go down in time for him to play some part in this week’s two matches.
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