Today Arsenal confirmed that Kieran Tierney dislocated his shoulder during Monday’s 3-1 win over West Ham at the London Stadium.

The left-back picked up the injury in the 26th minute, defending against Michail Antonio, and it came off the back of a report in The Athletic which revealed he’d been having an ongoing issue with his shoulder.

It’s now being reported that he faces surgery to fix the problem, which could rule him out until March. Back in 2008, Theo Walcott – who had also had problems with his shoulders – spent three months out after a dislocation and subsequent operation.

It’s a real blow for the Scottish international whose start to life at Arsenal has been blighted by injury. He arrived nursing a pelvic/hip problem which delayed his debut, and since then hasn’t really managed to get himself 100%.

Now, this latest set-back will mean a difficult spell on the sidelines, and require some serious thinking on the part of the club.

Sead Kolasinac is the only established left-back at the club, and the options at youth/reserve level aren’t really there, so it might require a dip into the loan market when the January transfer window opens.

Last season we lost key players and didn’t replace them, much to our cost come May, so let’s hope that we don’t make the same mistake again this time around, regardless of what some people think of the loan market.

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Maul Person
Maul Person

Well that puts a slight dampener on things. At least it’s not too long until the transfer window opens, if that’s where the solution lies.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

You want them to sign a player each time there is an injury?

Lucas
Lucas

I think he means that it would be like a new signing

backsakacrack
backsakacrack

Well yes because there is only one left back left. Youth included. Can’t see sead playing every 3 days for the next 90, can you.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

AMN and Chambers can do a job in left back position.

Badaab
Badaab

I could also ‘do a job’ there, but it wouldn’t be a good one. Neither of the players you’ve suggested should be playing there outside of an emergency.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Auba and Ozil play on wings outside of emergencies. AMN and Chambers aren’t strikers , no?

Mpls
Mpls

Chambers should be at CB or maybe CDM in a pinch.

I would very much prefer a solid loan for someone that actually plays the position.

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

No they can’t. They can’t even do it on their natural right side.

You’re clueless…

AbsolutelyMarvellous
AbsolutelyMarvellous

Why does dipping into the loan market seem so far-fetched to you? Nobody’s suggesting we throw £100m at a third LB; we only need a bit of half-decent cover until the season’s end. What’s so objectionable about that?

goonerink
goonerink

half decent cover for 3 of the last 5 months of a season, by then tierney is back, and we only need cover for 1/4 of those games as kola can play them.

what happens if we insist we can play a back 3 with wingers/wide midfielders. and kola gets injured? we NEED a loanee, or a natcho monreal type player who might help our cb problems.

I hope they dont play xhaka or luiz as a lb though…

David C
David C

We’re going to have sign or loan somebody at LB.

Nacho, we miss you!!!

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Can we say we’re signing Peter Crouch and sneak Nacho back in that way?

God is a Gooner
God is a Gooner

Crouch at left back would be quite a sight

SB Still
SB Still

Maybe the transfer fee for Monreal was so low because we included a loan back option 🙂

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Yup we should loan nacho

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I’ve heard the Real Sociedad left back is quite good.

Ennui ball
Ennui ball

Poor lad. Someone’s got a Voodoo Doll.

Bodie CI5
Bodie CI5

we have a habit of buying injured players,, or who suffers injurys easy, probably wont be the last either??? Happy days…

James
James

Fuck.

Get well soon KT.

Really really soon!

Chrispy
Chrispy

Jeez this kid needs some decent luck for a change

Andy
Andy

Craig McKernon incarnate.

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

I bet there aren’t many on here who remember Craig!

Matt
Matt

Dude’s gonna be on his third manager before he hits 10 games in the PL.

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

Hahaha! Ouchy, bit true.

Richie

Not ideal but David Luiz might have to have a go at left back tomorrow. Kolasinac had a slight groin injury, that’s why he wasn’t even on the bench on Monday (before Bellerin pulled out) so not worth risking against Leige in what is practically a dead rubber. I’d also give Mavranpanos a game, we really can’t risk any more injuries at the back.

Futsboller
Futsboller

Internal solutions required. We have a lot of CB’s who aren’t very good CB’s, so maybe we can repurpose a Mustafi or a Luiz as LB cover. Not ideal, but what is this season? It’s a cardboard box and duct tape for Freddie: make it work.

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

Saka. Played as a left-back as a youth, knows the position etc. Got to be an option, at least until the window opens.

Richie

Good shout, but against Leige I would really like to see more of what Saka can do on the wing.

Mpls
Mpls

As much as I would like to see us play a consistent formation, it Might be time for a 3-4-3. Especially if Hector is still out.

Mintoes
Mintoes

I think more appropriate to repurpose mustafi as the tea lady back up. Old marge is getting on a bit…

Toure Motors
Toure Motors

Selling nacho was silly

Mintoes
Mintoes

Captain hindsight

NMArsenal
NMArsenal

Why? Between him and Sead one had to go. Maybe he could have stayed and Sead left and same situation would have happened. Plus he served well for Arsenal and left when he wanted to.

Hank1979
Hank1979

Anyone got any knowledge of what we have at u23 etc that might step up as back up to kolasinac?
Or any Lee dixon type we should be looking at from lower leagues. What I would give for a lee dixon nigel winterburn combo.

Richie

Tolaji Bola is the usual u23 left back but wasn’t in the squad for last week’s win over Blackburn. Not sure if he’s injured, but if available, I’m sure he could do a job against Leige. He’s almost 21 so he should be ready for a game in the first team.

CoNr
CoNr

Well that just sucks!!

I can see Xhaka playing LB tomorrow as he has put in a shift there before, no point risking Kolasinac before the city game.

Richie

Xhaka is out injured (concussion).

TeeCee
TeeCee

How can they tell?

Pardon
Pardon

Xhaka is also out with concussion

Qutub
Qutub

Unrelated to the article and it’s doubtful he’ll manage anyone except Liverpool but what about Steven Gerrard as the next manager? Seems to be doing a good job at Rangers.

Andre Santos' car keys
Andre Santos' car keys

Steven Gerrard is definitely going to be the next Liverpool manager when Klopp leaves in 2022. Screencap this.

Dawinci
Dawinci

Perhaps we should bring in a version of Kim Kallstrom

B JACK
B JACK

can we bring back Nacho for the rest of the season?

goonerink
goonerink

how about picking up ex sporting LB Jefferson on a free?

guy is experienced and given he is still without a club might settle for smaller wages? if not loan in a hot prospect

Full of Bull
Full of Bull

Fabio Contrao is available I believe, but he hasn’t played for a fair while, so probably take 3 months to get fit. Just in time for Tierney to be injured again no doubt.

John
John

Wonder if Nacho Monreal is available on loan? I’ve heard he’s quite good.

Kroenke the Klown
Kroenke the Klown

Here comes the winter of sead!

Wherefore art thou nacho?

Fart Overjars
Fart Overjars

can we get an emergency loan? or is that just for goalkeepers?

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

Why does it take so long for a footballer to recover from a dislocated shoulder. I can remember a kid at school doing it and he was back the next day (granted he was not a professional footballer and they have to be 100% sure of recovery before playing again, training, getting match fit etc) just seems a very long time ?

Santori
Santori

Don’t know what “masterclass” some people imagine.

Tierney’s been OK but has had his fair share of trouble in defense. Wasn’t exactly comfortable with Snodgrass last match.

Really unfortunate injury bc he is critical to us regardless and a good asset.

BUT Kolasinac came in and put in a great shift, made a fantastic assist worthy of a imaginary “masterclass” some people like to wank off to over Tierney.

And he is carrying a knock too so we are very very precarious.

Feel we may need to protect Kolasinac for City with Tierney out now for 3 months.

AMN may be next best choice on duty at Rfullback for lack of options. he’s done it before but really needs to have his head screwed on and full focus.

His slackness is at once his strength as it is his Achille’s heel

Santori
Santori

Some ridiculous comment as per usual that transfer window is coming shortly….we won’t be signing a Lback.

we have so many other holes to plug at Cback and potentially CM as well plus we are committed to 20m for Saliba and Pepe and maybe no Europa next season.

At best we may get an emergency loan but likely for the moment, it will be AMN as surrogate to the now precious Kolasinac.

As I said before when some people prefer to (without much basis in reality) big up Tierney over Kolasinac, we need all our assets.