Mikel Arteta says he’s not sure when Kieran Tierney will return to action with the Scotland international still struggling with a bruised ankle.
Having picked up a knock in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace 12 days ago, the Gunners first-choice left-back has sat out three matchday squads, including today’s successful trip to Leicester.
In his absence, Nuno Tavares has provided backup in the Premier League with Sead Kolasinac covering in the League Cup.
“He didn’t train with the team yesterday and he still wasn’t feeling good,” said Arteta following the 2-0 win at the King Power.
“He is still in pain. He is not comfortable when he is running, so he was struggling.
“We are trying to help him as much as possible. We need him back and I don’t know when that will be.”
Away from the Tierney news, it’s been a very promising day on the Arsenal front.
Clean sheets and away wins at top-six rivals have been few and far between in recent years, so the boss was quite rightly proud of a job well done.
“When you play against a team that is going to be up there, it is great when you are able to beat them,” said Arteta.
“It’s another game, we are on a good run and we have to continue to do so because there are still a lot of things we have to improve.”
Asked whether it was his side’s best performance of the season, he added: “Some phases probably yes, because of the opponents we had in front of us and because to come here is tough.
“I am really pleased with the way we played, the character we showed right from the beginning, to be dominant and impose the game we wanted to play. There were moments as well when we had to suffer, they came at us, they changed the formation and they created some issues.
“You have to dig in and there were some big individual performances to get through those moments, but then we were able to change the game and the momentum again and get control and we could have scored the third one. So I am really pleased.”