Arsenal are facing the prospect of going into the start of the new season without an established left back available.
Sead Kolasinac was ruled out for 2 months after sustaining a knee injury in Dublin last week, while Nacho Monreal has returned from World Cup duty with a knee problem of his own which, will less serious that his teammate, looks like it will rule out him out of the Man City game at least.
Speaking in Stockholm last night after the 2-0 win over Lazio, new boss Unai Emery provided an update on the Spanish international’s fitness.
“He arrived with no big injuries, but his knee has a little problem and he’s training everyday but not with us,” he said.
“He’s doing work alone with the physical coach, and running, and we think maybe on Tuesday he can start training with the team.
“We don’t want the injuries but it’s one of those things that you can’t help. We have players like Nacho, but he arrived late from the World Cup and also has a small injury.
“It’s difficult for him to arrive for the match against Manchester City.”
And it looks as if Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be asked to reprise the role he played at times last season in Monreal doesn’t make it in time.
“For us we are trying to help Ainsley play in this position,” he said. “I want to give confidence to all my players in their positions, then he can play in this position as best as possible.
“My confidence in all my players is great.”