If losing 3-0 away at Crystal Palace wasn’t bad enough, there are now big concerns over the fitness of Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey.
Prior to this evening’s defeat, news broke that the Scotland international had suffered a knee injury that is threatening his participation in the run-in and late in the game, Partey limped off with an injury that has manager Mikel Arteta concerned.
In his post-game press conference, Arteta was asked about the extent of Partey’s injury.
“I don’t know,” said the Spaniard, “He felt something in the same area that he got injured previously, it’s a big concern.”
The boss also provided an update on Tierney. “He’s seeing a specialist tomorrow and then we’ll know more about the extent of the injury,” he said.
“The feeling that he had he wasn’t feeling positive and what the scans showed, they weren’t either. We have to wait and see what happens.”
Injuries at this time of the season are far from ideal but Arteta isn’t going to lose any sleep over the depth of his squad. He says he’s been dealing with these issues since the season began.
“It’s the numbers that we have,” he said. “We lost Kieran, we lost Thomas now and that’s it. With the players that we have we will try like we’ve been trying since the start of the season. We never had a big squad.
“We can’t find any excuses today, we have to look at ourselves because it wasn’t good enough.”