London, UK – In a setback for Arsenal, Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi sustained a hamstring injury during their English Premier League encounter against Manchester United, culminating in a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday, as reported by Completesportsnigeria.com. The 21-year-old Nigerian international played the full 90 minutes in the pivotal number 10 role for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger, the seasoned Arsenal manager, addressed the media during his post-match conference, shedding light on the unfortunate injury. “I took off Mkhitaryan because he had a little knock on his knee again, on the same knee – we could see that just looking at him in the dressing room,” the French tactician affirmed.
Wenger continued to outline the extent of the injury concerns, stating, “Ospina has a rib problem and Alex Iwobi has a hamstring problem, so we’ll see how well everyone recovers. Thursday will come very quickly. Definitely? At the moment, no, but we’ll have to monitor them over the next 48 hours. We’ll know more on Tuesday.”
Alex Iwobi, a consistent presence in Arsenal’s lineup this season with 23 league appearances and two goals to his name, now faces a period of uncertainty as the medical team assesses the severity of his hamstring issue. The timing is particularly unfortunate for Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr, who is already contending with the absence of midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, nursing a knock from Leicester City’s 5-0 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The injury setbacks pose a challenge for Arsenal as they navigate a busy schedule, prompting fans and pundits alike to anxiously await updates on the recovery progress of key players ahead of their upcoming fixtures.