Hector Bellerin is a big doubt for Arsenal’s next game against Hull at the Emirates this weekend. This is due to the right back suffering from concussion during Chelsea’s win over the Gunners last weekend.
The Spaniard landed heavily after the player took a blow to the head from Macus Alonso, as he headed in Chelsea’s first goal. Bellerin received treatment from the medical staff and was eventually substituted as it was clear the player was concussed.
Wenger and the majority of Arsenal fans think the goal should have been disallowed and that it was a certain foul on the 21 year old:
“It was 100 per cent a foul. It was even dangerous play. Bellerin was concussed. Not completely knocked out. He didn’t know the score at the time. He didn’t see the goal.”
Hector isn’t training with the team at the moment and is set to make a return to the colony on Friday. This means that it is likely Gabriel will fill in for the player; however Wenger still has the choice of Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles as well.
The Chilean outlet El Grafico have reported that the Arsenal forward is going to play for his national team against Uruguay, despite picking up an injury in training last week.
The 27 year old missed Chile’s 0-0 draw against Columbia last Thursday, after the player managed to sustain a low-grade hamstring tear during a training session. The player remained in the Country to receive treatment from the national medical team. and the doctors gave him the all clear as they believe the inflammation had subsided enough for him to play without pain.
The Arsenal manager had requested that the Chilean medial department share the results of Alexis’s MRI scan with the Arsenal medical. This was after Wenger described any decision to play the player was ‘suicidal’.
The Gunners have got a tough run of fixtures after the international break, with the North London club facing Manchester United then PSG. If the Chile manager choses to play Alexis and he picks up an injury it could end Arsenal’s great start to the campaign.
The right back is set to miss all of the Gunners matches in November after the player picked up ankle ligament damage in last week’s match against Tottenham.
The North London Derby finished a 1-1 draw with Arsenal getting the lead through a Wimmer own goal. However Spurs soon equalised, when Harry Kane managed to convert a penalty due to a Koscielny foul.
The Spaniard travelled back to his country to play in the U21’s play off against Austria, however was replaced only just yesterday by the Sunderland player Javier Manquillo. The reason being he’d been struggling in training.
The report came from ‘The International Times’ who have stated that that he’ll be out for four weeks. This means he’ll miss Arsenal’s matches against: Manchester United, PSG, Bournemouth and the EFL Cup quarter-final with Southampton.
With Bellerin out injured it means that the Arsenal manager will have to choose between Carl Jenkinson, Mathie Debuchy and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Chris Coleman the Wales manager has said that he hopes Ramsey will play some part in today’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, in the hope that he can get some game time ahead of the international break.
Aaron has missed a lot of games for his country after the Welshman injured his hamstring on the first game of the season. The Wales manager has said that he’ll need to listen to the advice of the Arsenal medical staff in how to manage the player and how much game time he should be playing. However he seems to be frustrated at the player’s fitness concerns:
“Whatever Arsenal say to us – this is what he’s capable of – we won’t go against that.
“We’ve never done that with any player.
“Whatever they say he’s capable of, and whatever Aaron says he’s capable of, that’s what will happen.
The midfielder hasn’t played a full 90 minutes of football for the Gunners this season. After coming back from injury he managed thirteen minutes against Sunderland and then another seventy five minutes against Ludogorets.
“I hope he does play (against Spurs). I can see the physical element will be a little bit tasty, but I think that will be good for him and hopefully he will come through it and be right for our game.
Most of the blame for Ramsey’s recent injury has been pointed towards Chris Coleman, this is how the manager responds:
“The finger was pointed towards us and I had an issue with that, but I dealt with it,” he continued.
“He’s Arsenal’s player, he doesn’t belong to us. But I do protect my medical team because I know how hard they worked with Aaron, and I know that they would never take a chance.
“We can’t afford to burn our bridges with any club and disrespect them but what we do is protect ourselves because we do protect the players.
“It’s not in our interest to send injured players back because we won’t get them again.”
According to reports from the BBC’s David Ornstein, Arsenal centre back Gabriel Paulista is set to spend 6-8 weeks on the side-line. The defender suffered an ankle sprain during the pre-season friendly against Manchester City.
The Brazilian posted an Instagram photo this morning playing down the seriousness of the injury stating:
“Today I feel much better, is not a big problem thanks my fans”.
However it looks like the player will not be able to play for the Gunners for the best part of two months. This injury means that the North London club are even lighter at the back; with Per Mertesacker out until 2017 with a knee injury, whilst Laurent Koscielny only returned to pre-season training yesterday after playing for France in the Euros.
The Gunners have had a major interest in two German centre backs Shkodran Mustafi and Lukas Klostermann, though it looks like there is certainly more interest in Mustafi and that deal could be wrapped up as soon as this week.