Well, whoops. It turns out that the “no big deal” injury means Bellerin will be out “three or four weeks”, which at first does indeed sound not huge - no Arsenal this weekend, and they should be able to cope, right? Let’s go look at...oh man, the upcoming fixtures. If he is out that full four weeks, he will miss:
- Manchester United next weekend
- PSG on 11/23
- Bournemouth, Southampton, and West Ham in the league (all probably survivable without him, but still)
- Basel on 12/6
A month from now is Stoke on the 10th December. So, yeah. A month that didn’t fill me with anxiety a week ago is all of a sudden starting to feel very, very wobbly.
As far as options go, we’re probably looking at Carl Jenkinson for the most part - the other options available, in descending order of preference, are Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mathieu Debuchy, and in an extreme emergency, Shkodran Mustafi, who has played RB in the past for the German national team.