Things really aren’t going well for Arsene Wenger this year, and we’re only four days in.
The Frenchman watched his side lose further ground on their title rivals after dropping two points in a 3-3 draw with Bournemouth on Tuesday night.
And speaking after the game, Wenger confirmed more bad news for the Gunners – with three senior players sustaining injuries, 90min reports.
According to the Mirror, defensive duo Hector Bellerin and Laurent Koscielny are suffering from knocks, as well as midfielder Francis Coquelin.
When questioned after the match about Bellerin’s performance (the Spaniard was arguably at fault for two goals in the game), Wenger admitted he was suffering from an injury and was not fully fit.
The Gunners are currently without second choice right back Mathieu Debuchy, who is currently side-lined with a hamstring injury, whilst Carl Jenkinson has only played one game for Arsenal this season.
Wenger also confirmed Koscielny – who was replaced in the second half, after suffering from ‘cramps in both legs’ – and Coquelin had an issue with his hamstring.
The latter will be a particular concern for Wenger as the Gunners are missing influential midfielder Santi Cazorla, also through injury, whilst Mohamed Elneny is currently representing Egypt at the African Cup of Nations.
All in all, you can understand why Wenger may be feeling a little stressed at the moment, especially considering his side could fall 11 points behind leaders Chelsea, should the Blues beat Tottenham on Wednesday night.
The Gunners have a brief respite from Premier League action as they travel to Preston on Saturday for a third round FA Cup tie.
No manager has won the FA Cup more times than Wenger, who has won the competition an incredible six times.
Success in this year’s tournament would certainly be a pick me up for the Frenchman, who at the moment looks in dire near of one.