Friday, June 21, 2024

Zinchenko ruled out of Interlull with calf injury

According to the Ukraine FA, Oleksandr Zinchenko has sustained a calf injury that will rule him out of his country’s upcoming Nations League matches with Scotland and Armenia.

The 25-year-old has already had to sit out two Arsenal matches this season having sustained a knee sprain in training but did feature in the most recent games against Manchester United and FC Zurich.

His latest problem is also understood to have happened at London Colney and will, presumably, sideline him for Sunday’s trip to Brentford.

It is reported that the versatile left-back will require a couple of weeks to recover. If it takes longer than that the summer signing is at risk of missing the north London derby on 1 October.

Zinchenko will make up a reasonably large contingent of first team players who’ll stay in London for the upcoming Interlull. The Gunners’ Brazilian contingent missed out on selection, as did Ben White and Emile Smith Rowe while Mo Elneny is rehabilitating a hamstring issue. Cedric and Rob Holding will also be knocking about.

Thomas Partey, who has been struggling with a thigh problem, is set to face Brazil and Nicaragua after getting the nod from Ghana while Kieran Tierney is facing three games, two against Ukraine, with Scotland.

We should get more team news later this afternoon when Mikel Arteta faces the media.

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Our left back injury curse continues! Lets hope Tierney doesn’t get banjaxed being overplayed by Scotland during the upcoming internationals.

Giuseppe Hovno

I’m more worried about Partey!


It’s not a curse. Zinchenko is very injury prone. This is going to be the pattern with him, I’d imagine that’s why Arteta is putting a lot of work into Tierney playing the inverted role.


Lino Sousa may have to come to the thaw sooner. We do also have the option of Tomiyasu there if Ben White is covering right back. Frustrating to be in this situation again though.

Man Manny

Tomiyasu, as good as he is, should not be an option for the left back in an ideal situation. Zinchenko, from reports, will be short-term. He should be back after the international break.


Saw somebody suggest it may be “dark arts” to keep him out of pointless international friendlies- we need to get smarter in this regard. Tierney and others have picked up injuries in recent seasons playing these stupid games.

Boy Bastin

Bad news indeed if that continues. We do seem to buy more players than you’d expect with higher-than-average injury records – Messrs. Tierney and Partey also come to mind. I’m not sure whether we think our medical/fitness teams are so good that they will overcome such problems, but it hasn’t really worked so far.


What are we doing in training? So many knocks getting picked up during training

Emi Rates

This sucks!


Ah, that lovely quirk of our most fundamental players to whatever system we play also being our most injury prone never gets old does it? 🤬


Do other clubs also have the same amount of injuries? Honest question. I dont follow any other teams news lineups like I do Arsenal so have no idea.

Giuseppe Hovno



Not the answer we were looking for guiseppe!


I think it’s true though. Same with bad refereeing decisions……but what would we have to rant about if we didn’t believe we were in an eternal circle of bad luck ???


The injury Gods back at it again. 🥲


Zinchenko plays in our more adventurous looking lineup and features more as a midfielder. Maybe Tierney against Brentford and Spuds is not a bad thing. That is if he stays fit.

Boy Bastin

Oh dear. Let’s hope he’s not another buy that’s injury prone – some are suggesting that he is. Anyway, hopefully he should be recovered in time for much of our increasingly demanding fixture schedule.


Xhaka is the only player that seems to have a great injury record.

Boy Bastin

Yes. I’m not sure whether we think our medical/fitness teams are so good that they will overcome these long-standing problems, but it hasn’t really worked so far in the cases of Tierney and Partey (and now, possibly, Zinchenko).


That’s unfair. He hasn’t injured anywhere near as many players as the referees think he has.

Santi's Thigh Grab

He was injury prone when we bought him, it was well known.

Boy Bastin

I wonder why we bought him then? I don’t doubt at all that he’s a talent, but a talent available for only for 50% (or whatever) of the available games? OK if there’s equally talented backup I guess, but slight doubts if there’s not?

Hopefully, he’ll get back to full fitness (and retain it) but we haven’t done that well with Tierney’s or Partey’s fitness so far – who were both also known to have an injury record prior to signing for us.

Cranky Colin

Steve Clarke….. OMG

Ben White not in England squad…. fucking hilarious ( but lucky for us that Southgate is gormless)

And TP off to Ghana duty…. cud be good , but equally cud be disastrous

Finsbury Park Gooner

How TF is Partey ready for selection in any universe?!?

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