Arsenal will be without Sokratis for tomorrow’s game with Chelsea and the New Year’s Day clash with Manchester United after the Greek suffered a concussion against Bournemouth.
The Greek collided heavily with Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the Gunners’ goalmouth during the second half of the 1-1 draw and looked very groggy when he was replaced by Shkodran Mustafi.
In all likelihood, Calum Chambers, who missed the Boxing Day game due to suspension, will partner David Luiz when we take on the Blues. The duo combined to record a clean sheet in our recent 0-0 draw with Everton.
Hector Bellerin appears to have had a setback in his recovery from a hamstring problem. Before the Bournemouth game, the Arsenal medical team reported the right-back was back in full training but now they state his tight hamstring is being assessed again. Gabriel Martinelli is sidelined by a similar issue.
Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding are back in full training. Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney are long-term absentees. The Bosnian, who has ankle ligament damage, is due to resume full training in a couple of weeks. The Scot is out for three months with a dislocated shoulder.