Arsenal face a fight to get one of their full-time left-backs available for their next game, with a Sead Kolasinac injury and Kieran Tierney’s isolation.
The Daily Mail report that Arsenal are launching a fight to get Kieran Tierney out of quarantine and into their squad for the match against Manchester City after the international break.
Tierney reportedly tested negative for Covid three times, and Arsenal are arguing he also stayed socially distant from Stuart Armstrong (who tested positive) at all times.
Tierney also has antibodies to the virus and The S*n report he already had it earlier in the summer. Despite all that, Arsenal are still having to fight their case to allow the player out of isolation.
Sead Kolasinac limped off in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s penalty shootout defeat to Northern Ireland, so we’re also waiting for the details of his fitness situation. If his injury is serious and Tierney can’t play, it makes things tricky for Arsenal.
In a back-four, they’d have to risk Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Bukayo Saka at left-back. In a three, they’d need to give Gabriel his first game on the left of a three since joining the club, against one of the best teams in the country away from home. Hardly ideal.
Gabriel is playing well, so you’d hope he could handle it. But Arteta likes to use his left-centre-back as a full-back in possession, and that aspect of the game wouldn’t be so easy for Gabriel. Let’s just hope Tierney is back and available.