Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that the Gunners Spanish defender Nacho Monreal will not feature in the next two weeks for the north London team. The Spaniard is reportedly suffering from a hamstring injury and he will not return to training until next month. The news is a blow ahead of a potentially tricky trip to Bournemouth for Emery’s team.
Monreal hard to replace
For me, Nacho Monreal is one of the most unsung players of recent seasons. The Spaniard has produced impressive consistency for the Gunners in recent seasons, not matter whether playing as a full-back or a makeshift centre-back.
He is a hard player to replace, as he gives the team so much in defence and even at times going forward, popping up with the odd goal here and there.
His most likely replacement for the game against Bournemouth and most likely the north London derby is Sead Kolasinac. The former Schalke star definitely has talent, but he lacks discipline at times playing in a flat back four.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina star is best served playing as a wing-back, so he can drive forward, putting his physical prowess to good use in the position. He does not have to worry so much about his defensive weaknesses being exposed playing as a wing-back. However, Emery has preferred a flat-back four since his arrival in north London.
The alternatives are playing young Ainsley Maitland-Niles at left-back. The youngster has not let anybody down in the position in the past, but it is not his natural position. Maitland-Niles has also only featured in one league game this season.
The next few fixtures in the top-flight are potentially difficult for the Gunners. They need their best players fully fit and firing, so losing Monreal for the next few games is a blow.
Bournemouth games usually exciting
Bournemouth and Arsenal both like playing attacking football and their Premier League results tend to reflect their styles of play. The Cherries very rarely have a goalless draw.
In fact, the team from the south coast have been involved in just one 0-0 in the Premier League in the last year. Bournemouth games are usually entertaining and exciting. Hopefully, Sunday’s game will be exciting and entertaining, with Arsenal on the right end of a result. However, I believe that most Arsenal fans would take a narrow victory, as long as it got them maximum points.
Will Arsenal miss Nacho Monreal against Bournemouth?