Wenger's update on Gabriel injury

Hector Bellerin and Gabriel

Arsène Wenger discussed Gabriel's injury after the defender was forced off in Arsenal's final pre-season friendly before the new Premier League season.

Read on to find out what the manager said:

on Gabriel…
We have not even made a diagnosis in the medical room with our doctors or physios yet. I can’t tell you more. He’s in pain. Let’s hope the pain is not a sign of bad news. The only thing we have to know now is how big the damage is with his ligament.

on it happening two minutes into injury time…
I’ve never seen an intelligent accident, they always look stupid. We have to take that. He played the ball 100 per cent and I think he rolled his ankle, but I don’t know how it happened. It’s part of our game.

on Gabriel being out next week…
Yes. We are very short [in defence].

on losing another centre back…
Maybe he was a bit tired, I don’t know. Was his coordination a bit weaker, I don’t know. Was he locked in the grass with his studs… I have to speak to him. He’s just come out of a medical room and he’s not in a better state because he couldn’t even talk on the pitch.

on whether he will fly home with the team…
I think so, yes. Certainly on crutches.

on whether he will have a scan on Monday…
I don’t think he’ll have a scan tonight because we come back at midnight. I don’t think so.


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