And the hits just keep on coming. Héctor Bellerín left today’s 3-2 loss at Southampton at halftime with an injury. In his postgame press conference, Unai Emery confirmed that the right back would be out for “some weeks.”
Not that there is a good time for a player to get injured, but right now is a particularly bad time for Arsenal to have another defender go down. Here’s a breakdown of Arsenal’s current defensive options in no particular order, healthy players in bold:
- Héctor Bellerín: out for “some weeks.” Suspected calf injury.
- Stephan Lichtsteiner: Old.
- Nacho Monreal: Also old. Missed more than a month with a hamstring injury.
- Sead Kolasinac: pulled out of today’s squad late with thigh tightness. Being evaluated.
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles: not a defender by training.
- Granit Xhaka: LOL.
- Dinos Mavropanos: out since October, still not in training. Groin injury.
- Shkodran Mustafi: game-to-game. Hamstring injury.
- Laurent Koscielny: Two senior games played since tearing Achilles in April. Also 33 years old and coming off a torn Achilles.
- Sokratis: 30 years young.
- Carl “He’s Still on the Team” Jenkinson: Hasn’t played for Arsenal in the Premier League since November 2016.
- Rob Holding: out for the season. Torn ACL.
- Calum Chambers: on loan to Fulham. Reportedly not recall-able.
- Per Mertesacker: retired. Looking dapper in glasses. Unclear if able to be re-registered.
- Steve Bould: very retired. Sitting on the bench with Unai Emery. May also need to be re-registered.
- Aaron Lerner: hasn’t played a game of competitive soccer since high school. Was a defender though.
And there you have Arsenal’s current defensive depth. The club has 6 matches over the next 20 days. ThisIsFine.GIF.