Arsenal are waiting on news of the severity of the injury picked up by Hector Bellerin in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea. The full-back went down holding his knee and the fears are that the injury is a serious one that will sideline him until at least the end of the season.
Bellerin is due to have a scan which will tell the north London club more about the injury and how long he will be sidelined. The 23-year-old had only just returned to the team after injury.
Arsenal won’t sign a replacement
It seems that Arsenal are unlikely to sign a replacement in the January transfer window, even Bellerin is ruled out of action for a long period. Arsenal boss Emery has already stated that the north London cannot make any permanent in January, so the Gunners are unlikely to sign a replacement for Bellerin.
Therefore, Unai Emery will have to stick with the players already available to him for the rest of the season. However, depending on how long Bellerin is out for, the Spanish boss may need to sign cover in the summer.
The other right backs available to Unai Emery
Hector Bellerin has enjoyed a wildly inconsistent few years since breaking into the team and becoming a regular for the Gunners. However, despite the experience of Swiss international Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bellerin offers more energy down the right flank.
Lichtsteiner has made limited appearances for the Gunners since his summer arrival, due to Bellerin’s presence. He will no doubt be a steady replacement. Youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles is another player who will not anybody down in the position. He would also be an option to replace the Spaniard at right back.
The Gunners also have forgotten man Carl Jenkinson available to play in the position. However, the 26-year-old is out of favour. He has failed to make a Premier League appearance in the Premier League this season while featuring just once in the English top-flight for Arsenal since season 2013/14.
Arsenal cannot afford any more key injuries
Arsenal have a decent squad. However, if they are to mount a realistic challenge for the top-four of the Premier League they cannot afford any more injuries to important players. Despite his inconsistency, Bellerin can still be a key player for the Gunners.
It seems the Gunners will be without the Spaniard for a good while. We wish him all the best and hope that he makes a speedy recovery.
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