Unai Emery doesn’t believe Dani Ceballos has suffered a serious injury despite his compatriot pulling up in the second half of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Vitoria with what looked to be a hamstring problem.
The midfielder pulled up clutching the back of his left leg during the second half and was eventually replaced by Matteo Guendouzi on 54 minutes despite trying to run it off.
Asked about the Real Madrid loanee, Emery sounded relatively positive.
“We are going to wait for the analysis tomorrow but at the beginning I think it is a small injury,” he told his post-game press conference.
Either way, we’re assuming Ceballos is now a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Leicester.
Emery also took the opportunity to remind his doubters that Arsenal are top of Europa League Group F, even if this performance was more befitting a team of drunk Sunday League players.
“In this competition, our objective is to be first in the group and we have 10 points and we are first,” he said.
“We are going to play the next two matches to make sure of that position, and now we are going to prepare for Leicester on Saturday.
“It’s a new competition and it is very important. But the analysis from this match, I think we worked hard and fought against a team who were very strong defensively, and very organised.
“They played against us with 100 per cent motivation and also with their supporters.
“A little disappointed for the result because we wanted to win, but we are first in the group and we want to make sure of that position in the next matches.”
Having watched his side fail to close out a fourth consecutive game from a winning position and with a six point gap opening on the top four, Emery must know his job is on the line if we don’t deliver three points at the King Power.