Arsenal currently have seven players on their injured list, and they’ve provided an update on their recovery progress via the official website. The season has entered it’s part when the schedule is jam-packed, and having as many players available as possible will be of vital importance for manager Unai Emery.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan injured his right ankle in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League opener last Thursday. Having missed the Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday, he is currently being assessed ahead of the Carabao Cup game against Championship side Brentford on Wednesday.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos started once more alongside Shkodran Mustafi in the middle of the back four against Everton. After 30 minutes, he made a late tackle on former Arsenal forward Theo Walcott that not only got him booked, but also made him leave the pitch nine minutes later with a dead leg. Like Mkhitaryan, the former Borussia Dortmund defender is being assessed regarding his availability to play against Brentford.
The best piece of news on this particular front is certainly that Sead Kolašinac has recovered and returned to full training following his knee injury that kept him out of the campaign so far. It is now up to the manager to determine when exactly the left back will play. He’s likely to need a bit of time to reach the required level of fitness but once there, he will serve pressure relief for so far the only senior option in the position – Nacho Monreal.
Speaking of fullbacks, Carl Jenkinson has also returned to full training after suffering a sprain to his right ankle, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles needs more time to get to that stage. The youngster has a small fracture in his left fibula and is progressing well, with his full-training ETA moved from November to early October.
For Kostadinos Mavropanos the situation is such that he needs a further four weeks to return having suffered a groin injury.
The return of captain Laurent Koscielny is arguably the one that’s being anticipated most anxiously of all. He is now working outside, but as things stand, he’s not expected in full training until November after tearing his right Achilles tendon.