Arsenal will head to Italy to face AC Milan on Thursday night in the Europa League in a bid to save their season, however, they will be without three of their players for the trip to the San Siro.

The Gunners have been in a disastrous run of form, having been beaten twice by Manchester City, once in the Premier League with the other defeat coming in the League Cup final, whilst also suffering an embarrassing loss to Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.

Arsene Wenger has admitted that their chances of getting a top-four spot is almost gone and believes the Europa League is the only way Arsenal can save their chances of appearing in the Champions League next year.

Thursday’s last-16 first leg tie with AC Milan will be no easy feat for the Emirates Stadium outfit, especially with the news that the Gunners will be without a number of key first-team players.

Wenger has confirmed that Hector Bellerin did not travel with the Arsenal squad to Italy due to an inflammation that occurred to his knee.

“He is injured – he has an inflammation of his left knee, without ligament damage,” he told the club’s official website.

“He had a scan yesterday, which was quite good. It showed inflammation. He tried [to train] today but he needs some further investigation. He was in the hospital this afternoon to know why he is in so much pain.

“But it doesn’t look a long-term problem.”

The Arsenal boss also provided updates on Alexandre Lacazette and Nacho Monreal, who have both been missing through injuries.

Wenger confirmed both were not ready for the tie, although he stated the Spaniard had begun his recovery process.

“Apart from that, of course, Lacazette is not ready and we had to leave Monreal behind because he is not ready,” he added.

“He started a little session today only, but he is not ready.”


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