Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has provided injury updates on Kieran Tierney and Maty Ryan ahead of Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa following the crushing 2-1 loss away at Wolves.
Some results aren’t so easily forgotten. They say don’t cry over spilled milk but this particular faux pas has stained the carpet and just won’t scrub out.
Being undone by a baffling red card and a moment madness from Bernd Leno, although at 2-1 down with ten men the game already appeared beyond the Gunners’ reach, the manner of the defeat is a bitter pill to swallow.
Playing their best 45 minutes of the season, Arsenal could, and should, have been out of sight well before Willian Jose went tumbling. Wouldn’t be very football-like though, would it? In fact, that would have been very un-Arsenal.
Arsenal injury updates on Kieran Tierney and Mat Ryan
Finishing the game with nine men and a goalkeeper who incites more fear than prime Didier Drogba in a London derby, will Runar Alex Runarsson be in net to face the Villans on Saturday, or will Maty Ryan have miraculously recovered?
"“He [Ryan] had a muscular issue and in the last two days he hasn’t been able to train,” Arteta told the official Arsenal website. “Hopefully we can get him back in the next few days.”"
Considering Arsenal play Villa in ‘a few days’, it would be unwise to hang the proverbial hat on Ryan in this case. It’s quite the achievement buying a fit goalkeeper and managing to get them injured this early into their time in north London. Impressive work from Lady Luck once again.
What about at left-back? The situation surrounding Kieran Tierney grows more worrying by the week. Cedric has assumed the mantle as well as he could given his left-sided limitations, but as the fixtures come piling in and the obvious benefits of the Scot in the team become clear, his presence is missed.
"“He [Tierney] wasn’t close at all,” Arteta added. “Hopefully in the next few days he feels much better and he can come in the team and help us in this moment where we have so many games.”"
A lot of ‘hope’ at this stage. Yet it appears once more that hope won’t see Arsenal through. Another game for Cedric beckons, not the end of the world, whereas an actual game looms for Runarsson. Best get supportive.