Arsenal’s defensive concerns have deepened as left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko is set to undergo a scan on his calf on Monday, following his absence in their 2-1 defeat against Fulham on Sunday.
Zinchenko’s omission from the squad raised concerns for Arsenal, who anxiously await the results of the scan to determine the extent of the injury and how long he might be sidelined.
Jakub Kiwior deputised for Zinchenko in the Fulham match but was substituted at half-time for Takehiro Tomiyasu, marking the latter’s return after a four-week absence due to a calf injury.
With Tomiyasu set to join Japan for the Asian Cup this month, Arsenal are hoping for a swift recovery for Zinchenko, especially given their existing shortage of defensive options.
Manager Mikel Arteta addressed the uncertainty surrounding Zinchenko’s condition, stating, “We don’t know. He felt something in his calf. We will scan him tomorrow and see how far he’s going to miss games.”
The defensive challenges for Arsenal have persisted throughout the season, with Jurrien Timber sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest in August. Furthermore, midfielder Thomas Partey has been sidelined since October with a thigh problem, depriving Arsenal of his versatility, particularly in the right-back position.
Arsenal are currently in their worst form in the Premier League this season, picking up only four points out of a possible 15 in the last five matches, the Gunners will hope to bounce back when they welcome Liverpool on January 7 in the FA Cup.
Arteta emphasised the team’s need for improvement and the importance of securing victories.
“We need to improve,” he asserted. “We need to win games, and in order to do that, we need to do it with players that, after 20 League games, we have the chance to be the best in the League with these players.”
Arsenal currently sits in fourth place in the Premier League standings, and the club is eager to overcome their defensive challenges to regain momentum in the competition.