Arsenal FC’s injury worries seemed to have aggravated after their win over Aston Villa last night.
Arsenal managed to retain their place at the top of the table with a comfortable win over Aston Villa as Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere got on the score-sheet. Villa did bounce back in the second half, but never really threatened Arsenal enough in the game to get something out of this match. It was a crucial win for the Gunners, but one which has seemingly arrived at a price.
Nacho Monreal was substituted by Kieran Gibbs, who himself is returning from an injury, in the second half and it is now feared that the Spaniard might have a broken metatarsal. Tomas Rosicky, who came on in the second half in place of Serge Gnabry, was also replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after Gabriel Agbonlahor elbowed him while challenging for a ball and he ended up with a bleeding nose. The midfielder’s nose is in a bad condition and could have even broken it.
Arsene Wenger is unaware of whether Rosicky was elbowed on purpose, but he is certainly concerned by these two new injury concerns.
“Rosicky has a bad nose, I don’t know is it broken or not, it looks bad.
“Honestly I didn’t see the elbow, I have to watch it again. He [Tomas Rosicky] told me that he got the elbow but he himself doesn’t know if he did it on purpose. He doesn’t know. I think Monreal is an accident but we have to check his metatarsal tomorrow morning because he got kicked on the top of the laces.
“I don’t know [whether Monreal’s metatarsal is broken].” – The Arsenal manager told the press.
Monreal has performed well in the absence of Gibbs in the past few matches and now as the England international seemed to have recovered from his injury, Arsenal could be without the Spaniard for a long duration. The Gunners’ squad has already been stretched due to fitness concerns of a lot of players, including Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott [who has been ruled out for the rest of the season], Nicklas Bendtner, Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby.
Wenger also insisted that Ryo Miyaichi is not injured and that he was absent from the match day squad as Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain took his place in it.
“He’s not injured, he was not in the squad. You know Oxlade-Chamberlain is back and I decided to put him back in the squad and that’s why he was not involved.” – Wenger added.