Arsenal entered the new season with an issue down the left-side, with Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal both unavailable for the opening game.
Kolasinac is sidelined for around ten weeks while Monreal returned from the World Cup with a knee problem and only just returned to training last week, which led to Ainsley Maitland-Niles filling in against Manchester City.
However, the youngster hobbled off in the first half following a tangle with Kyle Walker and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner, naturally a right-back, handing Arsenal further concern ahead of this weekend’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
Unai Emery issued an update on the situation after the defeat to Manchester City, stating that there is a chance Monreal could feature. Quoted by The Evening Standard, he said:
“Nacho started working with the group yesterday, maybe he can arrive for the next match. Every day is important to know how they are.”
After a tough start to the season, Arsenal’s fixture list becomes more settled with the hosting of West Ham before back-to-back away games against Cardiff City and Newcastle United.