Arsenal’s injury-ravaged defence was handed one other blow throughout their Europa League spherical of 32 second leg tie with BATE Borisov when membership captain Laurent Koscielny was pressured to come back off following a painful blow.
The Frenchman had been transferring uncomfortably since a primary half collision with a BATE Borisov ahead however soldiered on into the second half as Arsenal regarded to beat a 1-Zero first leg deficit from final week’s tie in Belarus.
Nevertheless Arsenal head coach Unai Emery was pressured to make a change within the 56th minute, by which period the hosts had been main 2-0, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos introduced on in his stead.
The Greek centre-back was making his personal comeback from harm having broken his ankle within the FA Cup fourth spherical defeat to Manchester United final month. He was quickly celebrating when he headed in Granit Xhaka’s nook to provide the Gunners a 3-Zero lead.
Nevertheless the evaluation was much less optimistic for Koscielny, who was seen with an ice pack on his left shin as he watched on from the substitutes’ bench.
Koscielny has been tormented by an ongoing Achilles harm that he has been managing since he was identified with persistent tendinitis in each toes in October 2014. The 33-year-old additionally suffered an Achilles tear in final season’s Europa League semi-final in opposition to Atletico Madrid, lacking the World Cup that summer time.
In Koscielny’s absence the armband was handed to Mesut Ozil, considerably of a shock on condition that goalkeeper Petr Cech is above him within the captaincy hierarchy.