The curse of November continues to decimate our squad, with the news from The Mirror that Hector Bellerin is out for the whole of November with ankle ligament damage.
We’ve already dropped two points to Spurs, and also lost Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez on international duty before there’s even been a game played. There were also short-lived rumours of a setback for Santi Cazorla, but no further news on that as yet.
Bellerin picked up the knock at training with the Spanish U21s earlier this week and flew straight back to London to be assessed by the medical team at Arsenal.
It’s now thought Bellerin will miss three weeks at least with ankle ligament damage. This news means that he is definitely out of the visit to Old Trafford next weekend. It’s thought he could also miss our crunch Champions League game with PSG, Bournemouth and West Ham in the league, Southampton in the EFL, and Basel in the our final Champions League game.
It’s not yet clear who will deputise. Carl Jenkinson has only just returned from injury, Matt Debuchy doesn’t seem very first team ready, so it remains a very real possibility that Francis Coquelin could slot in there for the coming weeks.
You have to say it looked like we were better equipped to deal with these setbacks this season, but with Cazorla, Sanchez, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Lucas Perez, Danny Welbeck all injured it looks like yet another season could be derailed due to injuries.