Mikel Arteta complains of ‘incredible amount’ of injuries at Arsenal as David Luiz was forced to leave the last time in a 2-0 win over Newcastle … with the Gunners boss challenging that ‘anything is possible’ during the race for the Europa League spot
- Mikel Arteta denounced Arsenal’s ‘incredible’ bad luck with injuries this season
- David Luiz limped away with a hamstring problem in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Newcastle
- Arteta also said ‘anything can happen’ regarding the Europa League race
Mikel Arteta couldn’t hide his frustration over Arsenal’s ‘incredible’ injury accident when David Luiz became the latest player to come down the sidelines.
On an otherwise triumphant day for the Gunners, who saw them beat Newcastle 2-0 and remain in the pursuit of European football next season, defender Luiz was forced to hold on to his hamstring in the second half.
The Brazilian watched the rest of the game from the stands, which might be some comfort for Arteta, as something very serious requires immediate medical attention.
Mikel Arteta expressed frustration at Arsenal’s ‘incredible number’ of injuries this season
Defender David Luiz limped away from the pain during the second half while holding on to his hamstring
But the Arsenal boss mourned his team’s bad luck with injuries this season.
“It’s incredible how many injuries we have,” he told Sky Sports. ‘We can’t help it.
‘We are losing big players. It’s a shame because David has done everything he can to be available as soon as possible after his knee surgery and we will probably lose him again. ‘
Arteta has not provided information on the severity of Luiz’s injury, nor how long he may be out.
Luiz had only just returned to the squad after knee surgery in early April, which Arteta initially feared would miss the rest of the season. But his recovery went well and he was able to play against Newcastle on Sunday.
Attacker Alexandre Lacazette is also injured and did not recover in time for the Newcastle game
Left back Kieran Tierney (right) has been a long-term victim with knee ligament damage
With Luiz back on the injury list, Arteta is now missing three key players in the first team. Forward Alexandre Lacazette remains sidelined with a hamstring problem, although there are hopes he will return for the second leg of the Europa League against Villarreal.
Another long-term victim is left back Kieran Tierney, who was one of Arsenal’s top players this season. His rehab is continuing and he is expected to return to full training soon.
Better news for Arteta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his return to the team against Newcastle. The Arsenal captain was also recently sidelined after contracting malaria.
Arteta was optimistic about Arsenal’s chances of securing a spot in the Europa League next season, even though his side is ninth in the Premier League and five points behind Liverpool in sixth place.
Luiz had only just returned to the Arsenal team after undergoing knee surgery in early April
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (right) scored on his return to the Arsenal squad after malaria
‘We have a lot to do, (but) anything is possible. We wanted to eliminate (recent) bad results.
‘The team was fresh, focused and committed to this game. Individually you need big performances and today we had some really good ones. We checked the game, we did it right.
‘We have to finish as high as possible. If we win all our matches, anything can happen. ‘