INJURED ARSENAL MEN
Granit Xhaka picked up an ankle/foot knock against Fulham in Arsenal’s Premier League opener.
Expected return date: Being assessed
Lucas Torreira missed out on Arsenal’s win over Fulham in the opening game of the season with a ‘small’, nondescript injury, otherwise known as ‘transferitis.’
Expected return date: Never
Currently sidelined with a right shoulder problem picked up in training, Emile Smith Rowe is initially expected back in training ‘soon’ but might be out a bit longer than that.
Smith Rowe missed Arsenal’s game against Fulham and, given the latest Arsenal update said he wouldn’t be out of a sling until ‘the end of next week’ that means we may not see him in action for the rest of September.
Expected return date: Unknown
Sokratis is out with a mild calf strain in his right leg and Arsenal say he will be back in training next week but he’s probably going to be sold to Napoli.
Expected return date: Week beginning 14 September/never
David Luiz sustained a neck injury against Liverpool in the Community Shield. Details are vague but the problem said to be ‘delicate’ and he could be out for around six weeks.
Expected return date: 21 October 2020
INJURED ARSENAL WOMEN
Steph Catley was injured by a very poor challenge from Gilly Flaherty early in the game against West Ham on 12 September. She was substituted as a precaution and is expected to train as normal in the coming week.
The Arsenal left-back was substituted as a precaution and is expected to train as normal in the coming week.
FA Concussion protocol dictates Catley should be removed from playing or training for a minimum of 14 days rest. We can assume Arsenal are saying Catley did not have concussion.
There was much talk during and after the game, which Arsenal went on to win 9-1, about the offside decision that led to Flaherty’s outburst and subsequent second yellow but little-to-no discussion of the challenge she most certainly ‘left’ on Catley that required the Arsenal player to be taken off with just 19 minutes on the clock.
Flaherty was booked but, on another day in another game, could quite easily have seen red and perhaps should have.
‘They don’t like it up ’em’ also applies to the logic of some players and coaches when playing Arsenal women, as we had to listen to repeatedly thanks to the BTSports comms who were, as I said, more aggrieved by the poor offside call than Flaherty’s challenge.
After the game, Tim Stillman spoke to Joe Montemurro:
Yeah I asked him, he said it was just a precaution and she’ll train as normal next week.— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) September 12, 2020