After Arsene Wenger confirmed that Lucas Perez would miss 6-8 weeks with an ankle injury, he expressed his frustration at the tackle that injured the Spanish striker.
The foul by Reading substitute Danzell Gravenberch left the 28 year old in a heap on the pitch, and although he tried to carry on he soon had to give way.
It left the Arsenal manager an unhappy figure in his press conference today when asked about the challenge.
“It’s very frustrating” he said. “He worked very hard to get and now he’s close … he’s of course absolutely gutted. It’s an injury from nowhere, and a stupid one because it was a kick … a deliberate kick.
“It’s a similar tackle to the one that Xhaka committed, but there was no red card. Anyway, the red card would not have helped Perez.
“What is the most important is that he’s out 6-8 weeks.”
Pressed further on Gravenberch’s tackle, the manager was a bit more sanguine.
“It was not needed,” he said, “but it was a frustrated reaction from the player. He had no chance to get the ball like that, but you have to deal with it. Sometimes you get away with it, sometimes you get a bad injury.
“In this case it’s unfortunate.”
Get well soon, Lucas.