Arsenal fans hoping for a Bernd Leno injury will be waiting patiently as their injury woes continued in their shock loss at Brighton.
Their star goalkeeper landed awkwardly on his right leg in the first half and was stretchered off with his leg in a cast, as it looked like he suffered a knee injury.
As he was being carried off, Leno was extremely angry with Neal Maupay, the player who pushed him just before he landed, and was pointing and shouting in his face. To add insult to injury, Maupay scored the 95th minute winner for Brighton.
This was the last thing Arsenal needed as they lost Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari to injuries in their first game back after the restart at Man City on Wednesday, while Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares are out injured.
Mikel Arteta was left cursing his luck on the sidelines as Arsenal have been ravaged by injuries since he arrived in late December.
Arteta said after the loss at Brighton that for Leno: “It doesn’t look good but we don’t know anything yet.”
He added that he wasn’t sure if Maupay was to blame as the Arsenal manager was seen talking with Maupay during half time: “It is too far from me, I haven’t seen the actions. I always believe players don’t have intention to injure people and I am sure he did not intend to do that.”
Losing Leno, who has perhaps been their most consistent player this season, is a monster blow and if the injury is as serious as it looked on the pitch then the Gunners are in big trouble as they try and keep their faint hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive.
Arsenal fans everywhere will be hoping the Bernd Leno injury update is positive but given their recent luck, they will not be holding their breath.