Chuba Akpom was missing from Arsenal’s Champions League squad on Wednesday night and nobody said much about it.
Imagine our surprise when on Friday it was revealed that he will be out for an unspecified amount of time with a back injury.
Of course, it wasn’t Arsenal who gave the update, that would be too straightforward. No, the first reports came via London-based ESPN journalist, Mattias Karén, who tweeted:
Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom says he's sidelined with a back injury. Unclear for how long.
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) September 30, 2016
This was followed up by the player himself taking to social media, this time Instagram, to say,
Of course, his use of the phrase ‘a while’ is what is most concerning here, as is Arsenal’s silence on the matter.
They disappear players at London Colney, you know.