Team News ahead of Cardiff: Mkhitaryan, Sokratis, Koscielny

The Gunners are now heading into a clash with Cardiff City at the Emirates stadium, only a couple of days after the defeat to Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Unai Emery’s men were in action at home last Friday as they looked to make it into the last 16 of the FA Cup for the first time in two seasons.

Despite making a bright start to the game, a pair of counter-attacking moves from United saw the away side take a quick 2-0 lead in the first half before wrapping up a 3-1 victory in the end.

The game saw the Gunners lose key defenders Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny to injuries with the likes of Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding already sidelined.

Ahead of the clash with Cardiff City, Unai Emery has been given a headache over how to set up his team with hardly any defenders available.

Nonetheless, below is a round-up of the latest on the condition of players with fitness concerns ahead of Tuesday’s match, according to the club’s medical staff.

Laurent Koscielny

The Frenchman is set to miss the clash with Cardiff City due to an injury to his jaw which he suffered on Friday. There have been talks about whether Koscielny will need surgery or not but the club’s medical team insists he is just being assessed for now.

“Bruising and soft tissue swelling to face and jaw. Being reviewed on a daily basis.” said the official update.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Armenian international last featured for Arsenal in the clash with Tottenham Hotspur in December, having missed several weeks due to a foot injury.

Mkhytaryan is now making his way back into training ahead of the match against Cardiff City.

“Right foot. Being integrated back into full training.” said the official update

Sokratis

The Greek defender suffered an ankle injury during the clash with Manchester United on Friday night.

Sokratis is now set to miss at least four weeks of action and he will play no part in Tuesday’s Premier League affair.

“Left ankle. Expected to return to full training by the end of February.” said the official update

Bellerin, Welbeck and Holding

The trio are all set to miss the rest of the season after suffering severe injuries.

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