Arsenal’s win against EPL rivals, Machester City came at a cost. And an expensive one at that as the only experienced central defender we have presently, Gabriel, uffered a very serious injury two minutes from time. With Liverpool to come in the opening game of the Premier League, the timing is something of concern to Arsenal fans everywhere.
Speaking after the match, Arsene Wenger confirmed the defender has suffered ankle ligament damage and will likely miss the Liverpool game.
“We have not even made a diagnosis in the medical room with our doctors or physios yet. I can’t tell you more. He’s in pain. Let’s hope the pain is not a sign of bad news. The only thing we have to know now is how big the damage is with his ligament,” Wenger said.
“I’ve never seen an intelligent accident, they always look stupid. We have to take that. He played the ball 100 per cent and I think he rolled his ankle, but I don’t know how it happened. It’s part of our game. Maybe he was a bit tired, I don’t know. Was his coordination a bit weaker, I don’t know. Was he locked in the grass with his studs… I have to speak to him. He’s just come out of a medical room and he’s not in a better state because he couldn’t even talk on the pitch.”
With Laurent Koscielny, Wenger said Sunday’s game versus Liverpool might be too soon for him which leaves us with Chambers, Holding and Bielik as the available defenders except something happens on the transfer front. Monreal, Debuchy and Coquelin might also be considered a temporary solution but we need to bring an experienced defender in.
Fingers crossed for Gabriel and all at 9jagooners.com wish him a speedy recovery.