Saliba suffers metatarsal injury

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William Saliba has suffered a second injury setback of the season after it was confirmed he has fractured a metatarsal in his foot.

The 18-year-old, who signed for the Gunners for £27 million in the summer before returning to Saint Etienne on a season-long loan, has been in fine form since his return from injury helping Les Verts to four clean sheets in five games in Ligue.

He had missed the opening seven games of the campaign after undergoing surgery to fix an adductor problem even returning to London Colney to undertake some of his rehabilitation.

Saint Etienne, now coached by Claude Puel, have confirmed that Saliba will miss tonight’s Europa League game with FC Oleksandriya in Ukraine and could be facing a spell on the sidelines, possibly as long as four weeks. 

We’ll update you when we hear more. In the meantime, best wishes to French Willy.

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Chidi
Chidi

He’s got Arsenal DNA already….. Speedy recovery Will

BidOnLard
BidOnLard

Yeah, that’s just to get him off Real’s radar

Chinaman
Chinaman

2 injuries since signing for us. Arsenal DNA right there

yen
yen

Not true. We don’t do injuries at The Arsenal anymore.

SJ24
SJ24

We’ve lost our DNA

Dave M
Dave M

Except Ceballos…

SB Still
SB Still

Look forward to him playing for us from next season onwards.

There is plenty of talent in our squad.

Gooner Sam
Gooner Sam

Now all we need is a talented manager

Mercury786
Mercury786

Whoever voted this down is a troll

bob
bob

oh fk me.

sancho
sancho

Now I know he’s going to be an Arsenal player 😀

Cruize
Cruize

I recall Robin fracturing his fifth metatarsal which sent me wondering the number of metatarsals we need, then we went and bought Per Mertasacker. All not related though feeling sorry for the boy.

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

Presumably, you need precisely as many metatarsals as you have toes.

kaius
kaius

lol okay so the 5th metatarsal, the one footballers always seem to break, is that the big toe or the pinky toe?

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

The pinky.

49 49 undefeated
49 49 undefeated

James went to watch him last week..
Should have known this is coming

Mercury786
Mercury786

lol i literally came here just to post that!

Juruff
Juruff

LOL, poor James ;). Hey, know what ? James, please see Emery ASAP, don’t know, today/tomorrow ?

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Matertarsal is not 4 weeks. More like 4 months

Ok, Boomer
Ok, Boomer

4 months is not the recovery time of a metatarsal injury, especially with someone that young. It really depends on the severity of the fracture and whether they perform surgery or not.

If it is a stress fracture the recovery could be accurate, although 4 weeks is an optimistic time frame. Likely 4 weeks to be fully weight bearing and then another 2 weeks of strengthening and rehab.

hfb
hfb

might just be bruised contrary to the report

Dave
Dave

What are you talking about?

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

I blame Gunnerblog.

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

I blame Wenger.

Arsenio
Arsenio

I blame permacrock.

Santori
Santori

To think we could have bought Soyoncu for 20-25m

Instead we plumbed 72m for Pepe and 27m for Saliba not to mention another 6m for panic buy Luiz.

Granted some of that money is in installments, over say 5 years we are looking at roughly 15m for the Ivorian, 6m for Saliba (now injured) and 6m for Luiz which would have amounted to close to 27m for the addition of a ready to go Cback we have needed for quite a while.

This may have also meant we were less in need of relinquishing an experienced forward player in iwobi to make up for money going out.

Plus both Fekir or Ziyech could have been had for 20-25m mark and we could have been creative throwing Ajax or Lyon Mavropanos say on loan or sold /loan Mhkitaryan over to make difference.

I don’t think we did as well as some prefer to imagine last summer.

1) Cback was poorly addressed in the erroneous pursuit to extend on an over the hill Koscielny and rely on him yet another season too far. He frankly did us a favour but we had our plans all wrong.

2) Committing to a ‘wow’ factor with Pepe (not saying he is a poor signing) also means impact down the line (as Saliba). SO the figure of 15m or say 6m for Saliba per season has implications to future summers particularly if we should still find ourselves outside top 4 pot so many derided when Wenger use to deliver it year in year out.

If you think all the fault is now squarely on Emery bc there’s no more Flamini, Wenger, Mustafi or Xhaka to blame, you need to pull your head out of your arse (no offense)

We have still not done the necessary in transfer window and this team is still saddled with inadequacies.

Midfield we added Cebellos who is at best a Ramsey replacement (and temporary). Willock is promising but hardly full article nor is Torreira without his own shortcomings and despite stature not Santi or the midfield control we need. Yet many are content with denying us options and creating crisis with Granit for no particular reason.

The sort of scapegoating encouraged by certain quarters who ought to know better is a massive issue as it detracts from real issues, and stokes an already prevalent self entitled toxic atmosphere at the club.

Arsenal fans are a poor excuse and all too often prey to media crisis manufacture (see McNulty) all too eager to oblige.

Bossman Bill
Bossman Bill

Okay but I don’t know who you’re saying is at fault with the terrible performances then.

According to the above, and most of the posts you make, its not emery, it’s definitely absolutely positively not Xhaka, ever, it’s not the other players who are objectively playing badly, it’s not the players who are playing well.

So it’s the board I guess for buying players, and the fans for thinking that the team could, even should, be playing with more freedom, more creativity, more bravery, more passion, more determination to play the Arsenal way (or what we knew that to be).

I really don’t know what your underlying solution isn’t mate. You just say week after week that the problems we see on the pitch and off arent problems and we’re delusional and to blame for having some kind of agenda. But are you honestly okay with the football you’re seeing?

I do have an agenda. It’s to see arsenal play well, first and foremost, to be entertaining at least in victory or defeat, and if the results come afterwards that’s awesome. That’s my narrative or agenda.

Also, I don’t know what your point about Xhaka is. Apart from the fact you’re backing him. Okay fine. He’s slow in my opinion, am i deluded for having that opinion? No, it’s just an opinion. He’s not bad, seems like a good chap but he’s not how I like my midfielders to play. That’s not an agenda, I’m not delusional, I just prefer my midfielders to be different. I want to aim for something different.

And it’s really annoying every day/week to read your patronising comments saying I’m somehow got my head up my arse. I don’t know whether you’re trolling or genuinely believe it.

Come at us with some remedies, some fresh ideas, don’t just complain or be contrary and be patronising. It’s really annoying.

Anyway, I’ve taken up too much of my own time on this.

Have a good day.