Arsene Wenger has been dealt another injury blow with the news that defensive pairing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker could miss the game against Newcastle United at the weekend, the Mirror reports.
Koscielny and Mertesacker were shock omissions from our clash on Monday night against Liverpool, suffering from a back injury and flu respectively.
It meant that we had to field an inexperienced pairing of Calum Chambers and Gabriel, with Petr Cech marshalling them well throughout the game.
While our first half was very visibly shaky, the two players gathered themselves and delivered a second-half performance more befitting of the talent they have.
Gabriel, in particular, produced a solid display and when all our centre-backs return to full fitness, there could be an argument to suggest that he should partner Koscielny.
Arsenal transfer news
- Torreira Admits “It Hasn’t Been Easy” Settling Into Arsenal
- Arsenal Star Petr Cech Announces Retirement From Football
- Emery Reveals What Arsenal Need To Reach Premier League Top Four
Mertesacker is certainly the leader in our defence and provides the assurance we often lack, but Gabriel is very quick and with him in there instead of the German, we can easily adopt a high-line and attempt to squeeze the opposition.
However, it seems that once again injuries may well be the cause which sees us drop more points in the Premier League.