Arsenal and Spain defender Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for a month due to an ankle injury which the defender acquired while playing for the Gunners before the International break, as confirmed by Arsene Wenger in his press conference on Thursday.
When Bellerin went to Spain during the International break, it was hoped by Wenger and Co. that the injury wasn’t serious. Subsequently, Bellerin was given the green light to train with the Spanish U-21 squad. However, as suggested by the scans, the Spaniard is now facing a month on the sidelines.
Having amassed 24 points in their first 11 games in the League, Arsenal are currently ranked 4th in the Premier League table, just 2 points short of leaders Liverpool. However, the absence of Bellerin has the capacity to derail yet another title challenge for Arsene Wenger.
Bellerin, who has featured in all of Arsenal’s eleven games in the Premier League this season, has been one of the standout performers of the Gunners.
In addition to his electric pace – which makes Bellerin one of the fastest players in the League, it is the positioning sense which has made the Spaniard a fan favorite for the Gunners’ faithful.
While his injury at any time of the season would have had bad ramifications for the Gunners, it is the fixture laden November where his absence will be felt the most.
Starting from their trip to the Old Trafford on Saturday – against a Manchester United team which they haven’t beaten in almost a decade in the Premier League, the Gunners face the likes of Everton, Manchester City, and West Ham in the League during the next 30 days.
Moreover, while Arsenal are sitting atop their group in the Champions League, the Gunners need to finish stronger to avoid a nightmarish draw in the knockout stages.
However, with PSG coming to Emirates stadium next midweek, the Gunners would be without one of their stalwarts for a must-win tie.