When your club is getting linked with a last minute transfer window move for Gary Cahill, you know you’re officially in a defensive crisis.
No offence to Cahill, mind. It’s just that an ageing centre-back with little pace left and only one Premier League appearance this season isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of bolstering a backline.
Arsenal will try to sign Gary Cahill before the close of the January transfer window on Thursday. [Mirror] pic.twitter.com/pvry8csAcX
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) January 27, 2019
But desperate times call for desperate measures and now the extent of Sokratis’ injury is known, Cahill may be the best of a bad bunch of options.
The Greek defender departed Friday’s FA Cup fourth round defeat to Manchester United midway through the first half, just before United scored twice in three minutes.
Sokratis getting injured by an offside player he was forced to challenge because linesmen have been told to flag late is the most Arsenal injury possible
— JB™️ (@gunnerpunner) January 25, 2019
Originally it wasn’t expected that the former Borussia Dortmund man would miss too much time with his injury.
However, Sokratis’ ankle injury is actually expected to keep him out of action for the next seven matches, Arsenal have confirmed.
Unai Emery doesn’t expect to have the defender available to him until the beginning of March, with his first match back likely to be the North London derby against Tottenham on 2nd March at Wembley.
With Hector Bellerin now out for the next nine months and Laurent Koscielny awaiting diagnosis on the severity of the jaw injury he suffered against United, Emery is extremely stretched in defence, which is far from ideal with a top four battle and Europa League campaign to negotiate during the business half of the season.
(h/t the express)