Sokratis, Laurent Koscielny To Miss Time Following Injuries

Sherman Parsons
January 30, 2019

The Gunners are without Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding for the remainder of the season while Sokratis Papastathopoulos is out for up to a month with an ankle problem suffered in Arsenal's 3-1 defeat by Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday. For Emery, the "bad" result was compounded by the defensive injuries.

While the club have confirmed that Sokratis will miss a month of action, Koscielny's return can not be predicted yet.

On the seriousness of the injuries to his centre-backs, the Spaniard said: "I think they weren't big injuries for Sokratis". We spoke about a lot of players, about a lot of important players, and one was the possibility of Alexis. Maybe he's broken his jaw but I hope not.

Manchester United's clinical finishing was also highlighted by the Arsenal head coach. 'They were very clinical today and in the moments when we attacked, we got into the box but couldn't produce the last action to score.

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Emery also spoke on whether the balance of his team still needs to be corrected.

"The easiest thing for me is to ask for more players but I love to work with my players", he said. Today was more hard to stop their transition.

Mata lacks the explosive pace that Solskjaer wants from his attackers at United, but he does offer something different in terms of guile. Our idea was to go in with a good balance. This transfer is not easy and the message is that the club is working on different players.

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