Arsenal host struggling West Ham United at the Emirates on Saturday after we successfully booked our place in this season’s FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win away to Portsmouth on Monday night.
Our chances of finishing in the top four are slim and anything less than three points this weekend would almost certainly rule us out for good.
One low point from Monday’s victory was that we lost Lucas Torreira in the opening 15 minutes. The Uruguayan was victim of a strong slide tackle before he was stretchered off the pitch. The Uruguayan was later seen leaving Frattong Park on crutches and with a protective boot on his right foot.
It has now been confirmed that Torreira has suffered from a fractured ankle. The 24-year-old will need to see a specialist before a timeframe can be put on his recover, but one has to suspect his season could be done. This comes as a tough blow to both the player and the club as Torreira was looking to impress in the FA Cup as he pushes both Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi for a starting spot.
Lucas Torreira joins Calum Chambers as a long-term absentee for the Gunners, as the defender is facing up to nine months on the sidelines with an ACL injury that he picked up back in December.
Chambers is joined by Sead Kolasinac, though the Bosnia & Herzegovina international’s shoulder injury picked up against Everton will only keep him out for the remainder of the month. Bukayo has continued to play in the left-back role in his and Kieran Tierney’s absence.
The good news on Tierney’s injury is that the summer signing is back in training and it’s just a matter of the Scotland international getting to full match fitness before he becomes our regular left-back for the remainder of the season. Saka has impressed in his absence, bombing forward from that position but the teenager is naturally a winger.
Right-back Cedric Soares is only a week or so away from returning to full training himself. The Euro 2016 winner joined on loan from Southampton in January with a knee problem that has prevented him making his Arsenal debut to date.
This leaves Mikel Arteta without four defensive players as we welcome the Hammers to North London on Saturday, but Kieran Tierney could be in the matchday squad.
The latest team news from Arsenal.com:
Left knee. Ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Chelsea (h) on 29 December. Successful surgery completed. Rehabilitation process expected to take between six to nine months.
Right shoulder. Significant strain to right shoulder joint during Everton (h) on 23 February. Aiming to return to full training by the end of March.
Left knee. Aiming to be in full training next week (w/c Monday 9 March).
Now back in full training.
Right ankle. Sustained fracture to right ankle during Portsmouth (a) on Monday. Awaiting further specialist reviews which will determine recovery plan.