Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United was disappointing. More concerning, however, is that Rob Holding and Aaron Ramsey both left the match with injuries. It doesn’t look good for Holding. Ramsey’s injury looks less severe.
Holding planted his left leg awkwardly on the down-slope on the side of the pitch about midway through the first half (after being clattered by Marcus Rashford, I might add). He went down pointing to his knee, clearly in pain. You could see the trainer performing knee stability tests on the sideline before Holding was stretchered to the locker room. It did not look good.
After the match, Unai Emery confirmed what most feared - Holding may have a “big injury.” Arsenal should put out an official word, likely tomorrow, after hearing from the doctor. You never want to speculate on injuries, but in this case, there is probably some type of ligament damage, which would mean Holding is out for a few months (or more).
With about ten minutes to go in the first half, Aaron Ramsey appeared to twist his ankle. He returned to the pitch after receiving treatment but was not mobile at all. He was substituted off at halftime. Fortunately, Unai Emery said that his injury is minor.
If Holding is out long term, Arsenal may need to buy a centerback in the January window. Yes, Laurent Koscielny is close to returning from his Achilles tear, but that’s a tough injury to come back from, and he is no spring chicken (at least in footballing terms). Dinos Mavropanos is also expected to return to training this month. He has played well in limited time but is inexperienced. Beyond those two, the Gunners are looking at playing an outside back out of position in the middle.
If Unai Emery wants to play four at the back, Sokratis, Mustafi, Koscielny, and Mavropanos may be enough to get by. But he has gone with three centerbacks in each of the last three Premier League games. If he wants to continue doing that, Arsenal need reinforcements.