During the 3-2 win over Everton, courtesy of an Eddie Nketiah goal and a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, there was the standard piece of bad injury news to deal with.
Sead Kolasinac starting his first game for weeks, was taken off with a ‘Tierney Sling’ – using his shirt to hold up his and going off in some apparent discomfort.
He also had blood coming out of his mouth after a brutal clash with Djibril Sidibe, both players trying to head a cross-field ball and Kolasinac coming off by far the worst.
The injury definitely looked like it could be a dislocation, the same as Kieran Tierney suffered against West Ham earlier in the season, but Arteta wasn’t sure during his press conference, via Football.London:
“I hope not but I don’t know, it looked bad. To be fair he was in a lot of pain but we will have to assess him tomorrow and see how he is…”
The Bosnian left-back has already missed some of the season with an ankle injury, and had only just returned so any long term injury will be a huge blow to Arteta’s defensive plans.
Buyako Saka replaced Kolasinac, and the substitution changed the game with the youngster putting in yet another near perfect man of the match performance putting in another assist for Nketiah’s goal.
Arteta said during his post-match Press Conference on Saka:
“I’m never happy when something like that happens with Kola. It was a great contribution offensively [from Saka] but he showed that there is a great margin for improvement and he has to keep his feet on the ground…”
Hopefully we’ll have more news on Kolasinac on Monday, fingers crossed it’s not as bad as it looked on the day and he comes back quickly.
Get well soon Sead!