Sokratis picks up injury on international duty

Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has picked up an ankle injury while on international duty with Greece, per SDNA via Metro.

The centre-back is a doubt for this weekend’s Euro 2020 qualifier between Greece and Liechtenstein; Greece also face Bosnia and Herzegovina next week.

What’s the word?

Per the aforementioned report, Sokratis has sustained an ankle injury and was unable to train earlier this week.

The news may well be a scare for Arsenal, with Sokratis having been key to Unai Emery’s plans thus far this season.

He has made 30 appearances in all competitions and has played 90 minutes in Gunners’ last four Premier League outings.

Sokratis has not returned to north London and remains with the Greece squad, which is presumably a good sign.

It remains to be seen if he will be risked by manager Angelos Anastasiadis; the former Borussia Dortmund centre-back has won 85 caps for his country.

Short-sightedness comes back to haunt Gunners

If Sokratis is ruled out for a significant period of time, Emery will be regretting the club’s decision to send Calum Chambers on loan to Fulham.

As it stands, Shkodran Mustafi is likely to step in alongside Laurent Koscielny but the German’s performances this season have left much to be desired.

Chambers has hardly set the world alight at Craven Cottage, where relegation beckons, but there is a lot to be said for squad depth.

Past Koscielny, Mustafi and Sokratis, there is only Konstantinos Mavropanos, who has played just 11 minutes of senior football this season.

Arsenal had better hope Sokratis recovers quickly.