Arsenal are struggling to catch a break from injuries in their squad as they face a tight calendar with 8 more fixtures ahead of them. Mikel Arteta was brimming with joy after he welcomed a number of injured stars for the club’s all-important North London Derby against Tottenham, as Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Kieran Tierney and Reiss Nelson returned after picking up knocks prior to the international break.
However, journalist Charles Watts has now delivered an update over Zinchenko who reportedly has been dealt with a fresh blow after the Tottenham game. Zinchenko started the game at left-back against Spurs after recovering from a calf injury, lasting 73 minutes before being replaced by Kieran Tierney. Watts has now revealed that the Ukrainian was seen in immense pain post the Derby, and could be a doubt for the Liverpool game.
He was even struggling to walk – Watts on the Arsenal summer signing
Zinchenko has had his injury problems to deal with after a stellar start to the season with the Gunners. He has so far missed 5 games for Arsenal owning to minor knocks. The versatile left-back also gave a miss to his country’s Nations League fixtures against Armenia and Scotland to complete his recovery from the calf injury. While he did make a comeback against Spurs, Watts has now claimed that the 25-year-old was even “struggling to walk” post the North London Derby. The Arsenal correspondent to GOAL, on his YouTube channel said:
“We saw Zinchenko walk past – I say walk – he was even struggling to walk, and I’m not saying that was an injury or anything; it might have just been he was really cramping up.
“He had both his legs sort of covered in… I don’t even know what they were they were; they were almost these sort of tights, basically, that I’m pretty sure were to keep the muscles protected, keep them warm or something like that. But he was very much struggling to walk; he was not moving well.
“I don’t think he was injured – he didn’t look injured when he came off, because he was substituted in the second half, and he came off fine, and he sat on the bench, but it looked like maybe he cramped up a little bit after the game. I mean, he hadn’t played for a while, so no surprise if he was struggling a little bit after the match.”
These are really worrying signs for Arsenal, who will be counting on their £32 million summer signing to be fully-fit and available for selection against Liverpool this weekend. Zinchenko has really been an important piece of Arteta’s Arsenal this season which is sitting atop of the Premier League and has lost just one game out of 10 in all competitions so far.
Furthermore, sources have confirmed that the former Man City player was also missing from Arsenal’s recent training session ahead of their Europa League game against Bodo/Glimt. Arteta already has important players in Emile Smith Rowe and Mohamed Elneny out until January and won’t want another to be out with fixtures coming thick and fast. While he still has Tierney to cover for Zinchenko, the Scot too has had injury woes of himself to deal with. While Watts has mentioned that Zinchenko didn’t seem “injured” as such, Arteta too will be hoping that his talisman will be ready to go against the Reds.