Dani Ceballos is a major doubt for Arsenal’s crucial match at Leicester on Saturday after he suffered a muscle injury against Vitoria.
The Spain international, on loan at the north London club from Real Madrid until the end of the season, pulled up sharply five minutes into the second half an immediately asked to be taken off.
Ceballos carried on for several minutes but was eventually replaced by Matteo Guendouzi with the scores level at 0-0 following another disjointed Arsenal performance.
Unai Emery reverted to the 3-5-2 formation for the first time this season but the change of system failed to illicit a more cohesive display with the Gunners failing to register a shot on target during the opening period despite bossing possession.
With Granit Xhaka having been stripped of the captaincy and his replacement, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, also left back in London, Emery handed the armband to Rob Holding.
Unai Emery’s pre-match interview with BT. Safe to say he was not in a talkative mood. pic.twitter.com/EnSYNUYBKm
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) November 6, 2019
The former PSG coach, who is under mounting pressure, was in no mood to expand on his decision to promote Holding giving a spiky interview to BT Sport before the match,
Asked why Holding was skippering the side, he said: ‘Why? Because he is.’
Arsenal have won their opening three matches in Group F and a point in Guimaraes would virtually guarantee their place in the knockout stage of the competition.
Emery’s side face Leicester on Saturday at the King Power stadium knowing a defeat could see them slip nine points off the top four pace heading into the international break.
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