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Arsenal confirm fresh blow as injuries begin to mount
Arsenal confirmed that Lucas Perez was forced to miss Sunday’s win over Burnley with a knee injury as the treatment room begins to fill up.
Perez has made a slow start to life at the Emirates following his £17m move from Deportivo La Coruna shortly before the close of the summer transfer window.
The Spanish striker has started just one Premier League game [during the 2-1 win over Southampton] while he also played the full ninety minutes and scored twice during the 4-0 EFL Cup win over Nottingham Forest last month.
But otherwise his first team chances have been limited so he would have been desperate to try and get some playing time when we headed to Turf Moor to take on Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
However, Perez wasn’t included in the squad and the clubs Twitter account confirmed shortly before kick off yesterday that the striker was ruled out of the game after suffering a knee injury in training.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 2, 2016
Thankfully the problem was described as ‘minor’ but we’ll have to wait and see whether Perez makes a recovery in time to get himself in contention when we welcome Swansea City to the Emirates after the international break.
The injuries have slowly started to mount as Olivier Giroud also missed the win over Burnley with a niggling toe injury so with Lucas also out, we were left with very limited attacking options on the bench.
Aaron Ramsey was another absentee due to a hamstring injury that’s kept him on the sidelines since the opening weekend of the season while Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker and Carl Jenkinson remain unavailable following long-term injuries.
Francis Coquelin wasn’t included in the squad either on Sunday after suffering a knee injury against Chelsea last weekend but the Frenchman is expected to be available to face Swansea on the 15th.
Hopefully Ramsey and Giroud will also be back in contention for that game as we go looking for our sixth consecutive league victory following yesterday’s last gasp win over Burnley.