Arsenal have been dealt a big injury blow following the news that defender Sokratis Papasthathopoulos is a doubt for the next league game against Leicester City.
The Gunners play host to the Foxes in a Premier League Matchday 10 clash on Monday and Greek international centre back Sokratis is almost likely to miss the game.
Sokratis suffered an ankle sprain while he was on international duty with Greece.
The 30-year-old lasted for just 45 minutes during Greece’s 2-0 loss to hosts Finland in their UEFA Nations League meeting on Monday evening before he was replaced by Georgios Tzavellas at halftime.
Sokratis Papasthathopoulos has been an important squad member for Arsenal since his summer move.
The Gunners paid around £17.6m to secure his signing from German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
He formed a formidable centre back partnership with Shkrodan Mustafi for the first five league games of the new campaign before sustaining an injury in the first half of the Gunners’ Matchday six meeting with Everton at the Emirates Stadium.
He was replaced by young English defender Rob Holding and has found it difficult to regain his place in the Arsenal team for Premier League matches since he recovered from the injury against Everton.