Arsenal boss Unai Emery is pessimistic that Hector Bellerin will not start the team’s Premier League tie with Manchester United this weekend.
Concise News understands that Bellerin who has been out since January played in Arsenal’s 5-0 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.
He was out with a knee injury and came off the bench to replace Kieran Tierney in the 77th minute to set up Joe Willock for the Gunner’s third goal.
However, Emery has said the 24-year-old is not yet ready to play and won’t start against Manchester United.
“He wanted to play 90. He said I’m ready and wanted to play,” Emery said on Tuesday after the Carabao Cup win.
“I think no [he won’t be ready to start against Manchester United]. Maybe in his mind yes. We need to listen to the doctor.
“The first minutes were amazing for him…The most important for him is his attitude. He wants to help us.”
Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham says the club are unlikely to be active in the January transfer window after their recruitment drive this summer, Concise News reports.
The Gunners spent big in the most recent transfer window and splashed around £130m on new signings, including a club-record deal of £72m for forward Nicolas Pepe.
And in the wake of that summer spend Venkatesham has told supporters they should not expect too much activity in January unless the club is forced to dip into the market.
“We’ve just been through the transfer period in the summer, that’s what we always call the main transfer window,” Venkatesham told Bloomberg.
“And we were very aggressive in that transfer window, signing a number of new players that we are very excited about – predominately targeting young players that we believe can grow and develop with us over future years.
“When we look forward to January, we’ll see when January comes. I’d say that we always treat the summer window as being the more strategic window.
“And the January window is the one where you need to be a bit more tactical, maybe responding to an injury or another demand. But really our work is done in the summer – and we’re really pleased with what we did in the summer.
“We’ve been really focused over the summer. We made some defensive reinforcements, signing David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic. We’re looking forward to seeing how those players progress and how they do over the course of the season.”
Arsenal are back in action tonight against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup and head coach Unai Emery will be hoping to give a number of returning players minutes.
Centre-back Rob Holding is in contention to start, while full-backs Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are both hoping to feature at some point too.