It’s a golden opportunity for Arsenal to take the lead as another key Manchester City player is seriously injured while on international duty.
Pep Guardiola is already concerned about Arteta’s injuries as he’s ‘feared’ by the Spaniard.
Man City have been hit by a major injury as first team star Nathan Ake was replaced at halftime of the Netherlands’ 3-0 victory over Greece on Thursday.
With second place in ECON qualifying Group B firmly in sight, France remain the runaway leader on 15 points, having played two more games than the Netherlands at full-time.
It was a hat-trick of goals in the first half as the Netherlands scored all of their goals in the first 22 minutes of the second half. The opener was scored by Marten De Roon, who was then followed by a goal for Liverpool forward Cai Gakpo. Finally, it was former Manchester United star Wout Wghorst who scored the final goal of the night for the Netherlands.
At half-time, Manchester City’s Nathan Ake was a major injury worry for the Dutch, as he had been playing on the left-hand side of the back-three, with Virgil Van Dijk at the centre-back spot, but NOS reported that he did not return for the second half as scheduled due to a ‘hamstring injury’.
Elsewhere, and De Telegraaf say the Manchester City man ‘suffered some minor complaints’, which ultimately lead to his withdrawal as a precautionary measure. Manager Ronald Koeman corroborated that notion as he stated after the game, “We didn’t want to take any risks with him.”
No further details have since emerged, however should Ake have sustained a muscular problem in the first-half, then it is expected that he would return to Manchester City immediately for further assessment from club medical staff.
City return to action following the conclusion of the international break with a trip to the London Stadium, where they take on West Ham United in their latest Premier League contest with the maintaining of their 100 per cent winning start to the season in mind.
September also brings the return of the UEFA Champions League, as the holders City host Red Star Belgrade at the Etihad Stadium in the opening contest of the group stage, while a third round Carabao Cup meeting with Newcastle United also awaits at St James’ Park.