Arsenal has been handed a major blow ahead of Southampton clash with duo Henrikh Mkhitaryan and David Ospina sidelined.
Mkhitaryan was injured during Arsenal’s 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Europa League clash on Thursday night at Emirates. Second keeper David Ospina will also miss the match as he is facing up to three weeks out with an ankle problem.
Wenger’s men cruised to a 4-1 triumph over the Russian side at Emirates Stadium on Thursday, with Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette grabbing brace each.
The comfortable lead leaves them in the driving seat in the Europa League quarter-final tie, though a seemingly innocuous injury suffered by Mkhitaryan just after the hour could prove a blow, with Wenger expecting him to at least be out of Sunday’s game.
Speaking to reporters, Wenger said, “Mkhitaryan has a knee problem.”
We’ve been forced into our first change as Micki’s picked up a knock…
“We don’t know how bad it is. He will certainly be out for Sunday.”
Ospina had been expected to start in goal for the visit of CSKA, but he was ruled out due to suffering an injury on Wednesday.
But the scan he had on the problem was “reassuring”, according to Wenger.
“He just moved back to make a save and sprained his ankle. There was no contact,” Wenger said.
“The scan today was reassuring. He will be out for two to three weeks. Yesterday [Wednesday] we were scared for a very serious injury, but today the scan was reassuring.”