Arsenal Trio May Miss Madrid

Arsenal Trio May Miss Madrid
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal holds his knee while in pain during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Arsène Wenger’s final trip to Old Trafford ended in defeat, same as so many of his previous visits. However, the loss may be overshadowed by a hat-trick of knocks. Keep reading to find out which Arsenal trio may miss Madrid.

Which Arsenal Trio May Miss Madrid?

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Armenian literally just recovered from a knee injury before playing against former side Manchester United. However, it may be back to the treatment table for the player after receiving a knock at Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan did net his side’s lone goal of the afternoon but was forced off soon after. He faces a fitness test before Thursday’s match.

Mkhitaryan missed Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final. Now, his presence in the return leg is in doubt.

David Ospina

With the match level at one in the second half, our Colombian ‘keeper came out to try and meet a United cross. Marouane Fellaini laid in wait in the box, and the two came together, with the man between the sticks coming off second-best.

Ospina finished the game, but Wenger revealed he now has a rib problem. The Arsenal number two played all 90 minutes against Madrid in the Europa League, so prevailing thought was he would continue as our Cup ‘keeper.

Alex Iwobi

Meanwhile, the Nigerian international’s knock may be the least serious. Iwobi did not figure into Wenger’s plans for the first leg of the Europa League semi-final, so likely he would have only made the bench in the return fixture.

The good news is he did finish the match, so likely will be fit for Premier League duties.

Wenger’s Words

Again, this Arsenal trio may miss Madrid; Mkhitaryan, Ospina and Iwobi. After the defeat at Old Trafford, Arsène Wenger spoke to the media,

“I took off Mkhitaryan because he had a little knock on his knee again, on the same knee – we could see that just looking at him in the dressing room. Ospina has a rib problem and Alex Iwobi has a hamstring problem, so we’ll see how well everyone recovers. Thursday will come very quickly.

(Will they) Definitely (miss out)? At the moment, no, but we’ll have to monitor them over the next 48 hours. We’ll know more on Tuesday.”

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