Arsenal had a turn around of sorts when they beat AC Milan in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Europa League. The performance reliefs a lot of pressure off Arsene Wenger who has received heavy criticism following the Gunners constant losses during the past couple of weeks. But by the looks of it, the Frenchman’s worries are far from over.
Arsenal travelled to Italy without their first choice full-backs Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal both of whom were injured. Wenger thus had to start the game with Sead Kolasinac and Calum Chambers and unfortunately, both of them suffered injuries too.
If Sead Kolasinac and Calum Chambers do not make themselves available by the weekend then Arsene Wenger could face a severe crisis of full-backs when Arsenal take on Watford on Sunday.
Wenger has revealed that Kolasinac has an ankle trouble and might very well miss Sunday’s game.
“Sead Kolasinac has an ankle problem, but we don’t rule him out for Sunday yet,” Wenger said.
Calum Chambers, on the other hand, has just suffered from cramps and has a very good chance of starting against Watford.
Wenger added: “Calum Chambers had cramps because he played in a position which he is not used to for a centre back. He should be OK though.”
But surely the bigger headache for the manager will be Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal.
While Monreal should make himself available by the end of next week but Spaniard Hector Bellerin’s return date still cannot be anticipated.
The Gunners made a statement of intent against AC Milan on Thursday after disappointing losses to Manchester City and Brighton over the course of last week.
Arsenal are 13 points behind the fourth spot on the Premier League table and winning the Europa League will certainly be the best route to enter the Champions League next campaign.