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Arsenal boss confirms star will miss Man Utd, ruled out for 4 weeks
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed a huge injury blow with the news that Hector Bellerin will not only miss the Manchester United game but he’s been ruled out for 4 weeks with an ankle injury.
Bellerin suffered the problem during the final stages of our 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur before the international break following a ‘strong’ challenge by Danny Rose.
The right-back was allowed to link-up with the Spanish under-21 squad and have the injury further assessed by their medical team ahead of their Euro 2017 qualifiers.
However, Bellerin was soon released from international duty after the full extent of the injury was revealed and Wenger has now confirmed that we’ll be without the defender for four weeks.
Here is what Wenger has told reporters at his press conference this morning:
The boss is here…
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 17, 2016
"Hector is out for four weeks, he got injured in the last 10 seconds against Spurs. Cazorla is still not even out in training." #AFC
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) November 17, 2016
The news comes as a huge blow as Bellerin has been one of our most consistent performers this season and is a key player for us so I think we’ll really going to miss him over the next month.
To make matters worse, right-back is arguably our weakest position in terms of depth as Carl Jenkinson is still working his way back to full match sharpness following a serious knee injury while Mathieu Debuchy is out-of-favour.
We could play Rob Holding or Shkodran Mustafi at right-back but you’d always prefer to have a specialist in that area as the full-backs play a big role in our attacking play.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Wenger deals with the absence of Bellerin but there’s no doubt we’re going to be much weaker without the pacey Spaniard over the next 4 weeks.
I was confident Wenger was going to end his hoodoo against Mourinho this weekend by finally beating a team he’s managed in a league game but the loss of Bellerin could be a game-changer.
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My heart is telling me we can bring home the three points and I’d love to bet on a 2-1 win, however, my head is telling me a draw is probably more realistic so I’ll be backing a 1-1 draw at 11/2.