Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney lies injured prior to his move during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in London. Date of issue: Saturday April 3, 2021.
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Arsenal could forego Kieran Tierney and David Luiz as defensive options when they start another big week.
The Gunners will play in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals against Slavia tonight (8pm on Thursday) Prague before heading off to the Sheffield United fighters on Sunday (7.15pm).
But the boss will be without Tierney and Luiz for the foreseeable future as they desperately try to keep their hopes on European football next season continue by making progress in Europe or moving up in the Premier League.
“He (Kieran) felt something in his knee. He was in pain, so it looks like he’s going to be injured, but we don’t know how long it will take, « said the boss.
He also added to Luiz: » We don’t know. There are a few ways to be more conservative with treatment or to have an operation.
“We’re talking to the doctors to make the right decision, but we’ll see. He could be on the road for at least a couple of weeks.
“It will depend on what decision we make. If it’s more conservative, it will be short-term. If it’s a little more radical with what he needs it will take longer. “
Since Arteta was quoted, Luiz has undergone a minor surgery on his right knee that he could get back to activity in the coming weeks after a rehabilitation phase.
You could be without a number of other first-team players get along, similar to the defeat against Liverpool, but Arteta does not want to use this or the international break as an excuse.
Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips (left) and Fabinho (right) battle for the ball with Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in London. Date of issue: Saturday 3 April 2021.
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« I don’t care who is missing – those are excuses. International break is an excuse and I hate excuses.
« You were much better than us in every department. They fully deserved to win the game by a bigger margin. I am fully responsible for that.
« The rest, such as one player, two players or three players who are not available, are just excuses. »
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