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.