This is going to be a roller coaster, so buckle up.
Arsenal have confirmed that Gabriel Martinelli suffered a knee injury during training on Sunday and is currently being assessed by the club’s medical team.
Writing in The Athletic, David Ornstein claims there are fears that the striker has suffered meniscus damage which would rule him out of the rest of the season. Boo. Hiss.
In the same bulletin, the club has revealed that Bernd Leno has ‘only’ suffered a moderate ligament sprain to his right knee; a huge relief because everybody assumed that he’d suffered an ACL. He’ll still miss four to six weeks but we won’t have to siphon off cash to by another goalkeeper this summer. Yay. Sort of.
Joining him in the treatment room is Pablo Mari. The Spaniard was subbed off in the first half of last week’s defeat to Manchester City and has suffered a ‘significant sprain’ to his ankle ligaments. He’s looking at up to three months out, which is hardly ideal as we’re on the cusp of confirming his signature on a permanent deal from Flamengo. Boo. Hiss.
The last time we did a team news post, prior to the Brighton game, Sokratis and Granit Xhaka had been ruled out for a couple of weeks. They are now back in full training and should be available for Thursday’s game with Southampton. Yay.
In other news, Cedric Soares is aiming to be fit for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Sheffield United, Lucas Torreira is still three weeks away and Calum Chambers continues to work his way back from his ACL injury.
Time for a deep breath.