Arsenal have confirmed that Sead Kolasinac has picked up a thigh strain that means he will miss Saturday’s game with Sheffield United.
The Bosnian’s absence, coupled with Kieran Tierney’s ongoing spell on the sidelines, means we’ll likely have to call on Bukayo Saka to play at left-back.
Asked about Kolasinac in his weekly press conference, Arteta said: “I don’t know [how serious it is], the doctors are assessing him still – he had a normal session yesterday.
“He has been in some discomfort, we know this season that he had some little niggles, so we have to assess him and see if we can get him fit for Saturday or he will be out.”
Given the Chelsea game is next Tuesday, it’s fair to say Kolasinac is probably a doubt for that too.
There was no mention of Lucas Torreira in the update from the medical team, but Arteta did briefly touch on the status of the Uruguayan, who went off at half time against Crystal Palace last weekend. His involvement on Saturday sounds touch and go.
“Very similar situation [to Kolasinac],” said the boss. “He trained yesterday as well, but still not 100 per cent confident so we will have to wait and see again.
Elsewhere, Hector Bellerin’s tight hamstring is still being assessed. The Spaniard hasn’t played in the Premier League since the 2-1 defeat to Brighton in early December. It looks unlikely that he’ll feature at the weekend or on Tuesday.
Pierre-Emerick’s three-game suspension for his red card against Crystal Palace means he’ll be out until we face Burnley on 2 February.
Finally, Calum Chambers is just starting his rehab after surgery on a ruptured ACL. He’s facing up to 9 months on the sidelines.