Just after caretaker, Freddie Ljungberg could put an end to his nine-match winless run in all competition against West Ham. Injuries hit Arsenal who is currently restoring its form, as defender Kieran Tierney will be out for three months.
The Scottish got a shoulder dislocation during their Premier League win against the Hammers on Monday in London stadium. According to reports, the left-back will be out till New Year.
Several other players will also be out whether to injury or suspension. The likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Robb Holding, Nicolas Pepe, and Granit Xhaka.
Though, the Gunners wait to see if Pepe and Bellerin will be fit to visit Standard Liege on Thursday. For the Europa League game against the Belgium club. And will help test them ahead of Manchester City in the Premiership on Sunday.
The injury-hit will, definitely, be a heavy blow on the Interim coach, Ljungberg. As he lost almost all the players to injury with tough ties ahead of the team.
Also, this will be another setback for the Scottish defender, following his recent groin injury as well as earlier hip problem. The former Celtic left-back had to wait till late September to have his debut due to the injuries.
Pepe sustained left knee bruise during the 3-1 win over the Hammers, after many hard challenges from Aaron Cresswell. While Bellerin got a hamstring injury during the warm-up at London Stadium. So, replacing him with Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the line-up.
Granit Xhaka will also surely miss both upcoming games after the former captain was hit in the head during the West Ham game.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s victory over West Ham put an end to their seven-match Premier League run. And nine-match winless run in all competition. But awfully hurt the squad against the coming games.
Following the City’s visit to Emirate stadium, Gunners set to meet fellow manager-less Everton next. Then Bournemouth and Chelsea to round up the festive period.