Unai Emery’s defensive options have been boosted by some triple injury news. Arsenal’s official website has confirmed that Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Kieran Tierney are all back in full training.
These three players are nearing their returns from injury, while Rob Holding is also back in contention. Holding has recovered from an ACL injury which ruled him out for 10 months and he could complete his return against Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow night.
Bellerin, 24, is also recovering from an ACL injury. The Spaniard has been out since January but he has been stepping up his recovery recently. He is back in full training now and he could make his first-team comeback soon.
The return of Bellerin boosts Emery’s options at right-back and Tierney will boost the options at left-back. The Scotland international joined from Celtic in the summer but he has not played a game yet.
Meanwhile, Mavropanos adds another option in central defence. The Greek defender played 67 minutes for the U23 team as he edges closer to his full return. Mavropanos and Holding give Emery more options in central defence.
Arsenal’s ranks were depleted at the start of the season. But all of a sudden, Emery has options in abundance. Bellerin and Tierney could help to shore things up by replacing Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac in the respective full-back positions.
Meanwhile, Holding and Mavropanos will be able to rotate in central defence. David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos both made costly individual errors in the 2-2 implosion against Watford at the weekend. Emery is now able to drop players when they are out of form.