Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal are still awaiting a full diagnosis of Sead Kolasinac’s shoulder injury but says he’s ‘not very positive’ about the outcome of tests being carried out today.

Earlier, the club announced he had suffered a ‘significant’ problem after landing awkwardly in the 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday, but as yet the full extent of the injury isn’t known

It is potentially a season-ender, something the manager addressed at his press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s Europa League Round of 32 tie against Olympiacos.

“He’s seeing the specialist today, we will know more this afternoon,” said Arteta. “He was in pain, it’s a difficult area, we are not very positive about it.”

As for whether he might play again this season, the manager continued, “Hopefully yes, but I dunno. Depending on whether or not he’s dislocated it, if he needs surgery or not.

“We’ll know more this afternoon, hopefully.”

On the plus side, Kieran Tierney took part in full training today, as he makes his way back from a shoulder injury of his own.

His return would be timely, because as well as Bukayo Saka has done he can’t play every game, so the return of the Scottish international would ease the blow if Kolasinac is ruled out for some time.

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Billy Bob

Darn it, always something to take the gloss off

C.B.

Good luck, Kieran, we need you!

SB Still

While Kolasinac having significant issue is bad news, Tierney coming back is good news. He had made a promising start, so let’s see. In a way amongst the youngsters including Tierney in that, Saka and Martinelli we seem well set for the future (subject to contracts and injuries ofcourse and need sufficient depth). I just find it surprising that Arteta after talking up Martinelli (about a month ago mentioned about being made aware of unbelievable Martinelli and finding it out to be true), he has played him that much and took the opportunity to move Auba back to the centre.… Read more »

Richie

It would be great to see Tierney get 60 minutes at Portsmouth on Monday.

Oregoon

Yes, strap him up and get him out there!

George

He just can’t stay fit. I’d be willing to move on from him. It’s not like he’s been amazing anyway.

Santori

Not great news. He has been effective on the left for us and an opportunity to push Saka higher up the pitch. Hopefully we get Tierney back in sooner than later. Saka has been doing an amazing job that said. And this stint at defense will really improve him when he returns to his more natural position on wing. Gnabry said similar when he went to Bayern, how Robben and RIbbery told him they concentrated on working on their weaknesses which is in defensive end of things. And look at Gnabry now. We should have frankly put a gun to… Read more »