Arsenal’s recent injury woes continue to have weekly additions with Spanish full back Hector Bellerin becoming the latest player to pick up a knock, with the young defender having got injured in training yesterday.
Arsenal already have the trio of Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal nursing wounds, and Bellerin now makes it four first choice starters that are missing the Champions League trip to Bulgaria to take on Ludogorets.
Despite winning the first game against Ludogorets 6-0 at the Emirates, Arsenal need to be wary of the threat that the Bulgarian Champions pose on their own turf, and take note that the bulk of the Gunners’ goals in the last meeting came on the counter attack after the tie was already settled.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke about the long list of players missing for this game, saying, “Who did not travel is Monreal, Cazorla and Bellerin, Walcott – both are more or less injuries. Some of them being very close, like Walcott, Bellerin had a little incident in the last minute of training so they are not here.”
Looking ahead to the game, Wenger said, “For us it’s a big game because as you said, if we win we can qualify. But if we lose, you can as well be in a difficult situation. So we know the importance of the game is massive.”
Arsene also refused to divulge whether England international Carl Jenkinson will start the game, sharing, “He is in the squad. I have not named the team yet, I will decide that tomorrow. He is in the squad. I have plenty of right backs in the squad, three or four.”