Arsenal have reportedly been dealt a major blow with an injury update on defender Rob Holding after he was stretchered off in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United was frustrating for the Gunners. More concerning, however, is that Rob Holding and Aaron Ramsey both left the match with injuries. It doesn’t look good for Holding. Ramsey’s injury looks less severe.
As it happened, Holding planted his left leg awkwardly on the down-slope on the side of the pitch about midway through the first half (after being clattered by Marcus Rashford, I might add). He went down pointing to his knee, clearly in pain. After the match, Unai Emery confirmed what most feared – Holding may have a “big injury.” Arsenal should put out an official word, likely tomorrow, after hearing from the doctor. You never want to speculate on injuries, but in this case, there is probably some type of ligament damage, which would mean Holding is out for a few months (or more).
With about ten minutes to go in the first half, Aaron Ramsey appeared to twist his ankle. He returned to the pitch after receiving treatment but was not mobile at all. He was substituted off at halftime. Fortunately, Unai Emery said that his injury is minor. According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal manager Unai Emery now expects the 23-year-old to miss the rest of the season after the injury.
“[It was] the worst news for us,” he told a news conference. “Rob Holding, we are going to wait for the doctors, but it is a big injury. It’s his knee. After these two injuries, every player went out with good commitment and a good mentality to keep our performance on the game.”
If Holding is out long-term, Arsenal may need to buy a centre-back in the January window. Yes, Laurent Koscielny is close to returning from his Achilles tear, but that’s a tough injury to come back from.
If Unai Emery wants to play four at the back, Sokratis, Mustafi, Koscielny, and Mavropanos may be enough to get by. But he has gone with three center-backs in each of the last three Premier League games. If he wants to continue doing that, Arsenal needs reinforcements.