Arsenal left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko has picked up a calf strain in training this week, according to reports.
The Ukrainian is unlikely to go away on international duty so he isn’t expected to be involved when the Gunners face Brentford on Sunday either.
Some supporters on Twitter are cursing the club’s luck with injuries while others want there to be an overhaul of the medical department at London Colney:
Another gut punch #whenwillitend
— d trill 🙋♂️ (@DiegoMiller21) September 16, 2022
we are cursed
— nic (@nikocokin) September 16, 2022
Another player made of glass
— John (@afcxjohn) September 16, 2022
I love how players become injury prone soon as they join us 😂
— Ponderous (@Metrono_7654321) September 16, 2022
Well we have Tierney so no problem. But this recurring injury has become a thing at Arsenal. Honestly we need a fully fit squad.
— Shift Delete (@GabiFC_exe) September 16, 2022
There is some wrong with our medical staff or perhaps we are just cursed with reoccurring injury this season
— Princewill (@Humblegooner12) September 16, 2022
Hopefully it's just a minor one.
— ili (@zakry77) September 16, 2022
😭😭😭 this better be a save them from international break game plan
— Dan (@bazzardblack6) September 16, 2022
With Kieran Tierney available, it means that manager Mikel Arteta does have the perfect replacement for Zinchenko but it is, nonetheless, frustrating that the first-team squad are picking up so many injuries early on in the campaign.
It should be pointed out that the situation isn’t as bad as Liverpool’s. The Reds have had FIFTEEN different players sidelined at points this season already despite it only being September. However, it doesn’t make Arsenal’s injury issues any less concerning. Hopefully, Zinchenko isn’t out for that long and others (such as Emile Smith Rowe) are also on the comeback trail.