Arsenal have been handed some bad news on the injury front heading into the the clash with Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday

Unai Emery’s men were on an 11-game winning streak before that run came to an end in a dramatic 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace which saw them concede two penalty kicks at Selhurst Park.

The Gunners returned to form by winning 2-1 against Blackpool in the League Cup last week but they had to settle for another draw on Saturday in a showdown with Liverpool in the Premier League.

One man who was not able to feature in the clash with Liverpool on Saturday was Nacho Monreal, due to a fitness problem which recently kept him on the sidelines.

Some were expecting the Spanish defender to return to action on Thursday against Sporting Lisbon but Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that Monreal will not be able to play.

“Nacho we are taking precaution with,” Emery the Arsenal manager said

“We don’t want to repeat the same injury. He is starting to train, but not doing all with us. He is injured for tomorrow (Thursday).”

The Gunners will hoping to beat Sporting in order to secure a place in the last 32 of the Europa League with two games to spare.

A late goal from Danny Welbeck was the match-winner when the two team last met in Portugal during October.

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