Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the trio of Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez’s injury states will be confirmed when they have all been properly assessed but fears his dependable stars may be sidelined for long spells.
Koscielny who only managed to 11 minutes in the 1-1 draw at at Carrow Road on Sunday is out with a hip problem while Alexis Sanchez who most people believe deserves a rest appeared to have pulled a hamstring. Cazorla who played out the entire game has been diagnosed with a hip problem.
Speaking on the club’s official website after the encounter, the Arsenal manager said;
“The players are there to play football and not to be rested when the press decides they need to be rested. He (Sanchez) says it is a kick on his hamstring. I fear the reality is worse than that.
“We checked him and when you have no force and no middle stretch in your hamstring then there is no problem and he had that.
“In the first half he (Cazorla) got a kick on the knee and it got worse. I don’t know if he has jaded his knee ligament or he it was just a kick on the nerve but the worrying thing was it got worse during the game.
“For Koscielny it was a kick on his hip and he could not move at all. We have to assess all of that.
We have to go through that spell. We had a bad spell of a few games now with Tottenham, West Brom and today we only have taken two points but we are still not far and going through a bad spell and not being far. It is not enough but at least we had an opportunity to come back.” Wenger told The Arsenal Player.
The injuries is a major setback for Arsenal ahead of a busy Christmas period and a decisive Champions League clash with Olympiakos.