According to the Daily Mail, there are serious concerns that Calum Chambers has suffered a season-ending ACL injury.
The centre-back went down during the Boxing Day defeat to Chelsea (video) and required extensive treatment before hobbling off and being replaced by Shkodran Mustafi.
Mikel Arteta said after the game that it sounded serious and he underwent a series of extensive tests yesterday.
Chambers has been a rare bright spark this season, playing in the centre of defence on the two occasions this season that we kept a clean sheet; away at Newcastle on the first day of the season and at Everton a couple of weeks ago.
He was suspended for the match against Bournemouth but restored to the starting lineup for Boxing Day and was shackling Tammy Abraham pretty well before his substitution on 24 minutes. If he has sustained an ACL injury he faces a long spell on the sidelines. It took both Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin nine months to make their return and the knock-on effects are still taking a toll to this day.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this news isn’t true but when rumours like this make it to the press, it’s not a great sign. We’re expecting a team news update for tomorrow’s game with Manchester United so we’ll be sure to keep you updated if we hear more.
This morning, The Mirror linked Arsenal were linked with a move for RB Leipzig’s Dayor Upamecano. Whether there’s truth in that rumour or not, it’s pretty certain we’re going to have to find a defender from somewhere in the coming weeks.