ARSENAL defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is out for a month after injuring his ankle in the FA Cup loss to Manchester United.
The diagnosis on the 30-year-old leaves the Gunners facing a defensive shortage.
Laurent Koscielny is not expected to be out for too long despite getting whacked in the face against United, while Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin were already KO’d.
It was originally feared Koscielny had a broken jaw, and he is being assessed on a daily basis.
Arsenal and United will discover today if they are to face any disciplinary action in the wake of their bad-tempered clash.
The Gunners could be charged after a coin was thrown from the crowd at United star Jesse Lingard.
And both sides are at risk of being hauled in for failing to control their players towards the end of the Red Devils’ 3-1 win.
Sead Kolasinac pushed his head into the face of Marcus Rashford, with both teams rushing over to confront each other.
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Lingard was then shoved off the pitch and that was when the coin was thrown.
The FA are waiting for ref Craig Pawson’s report this morning before deciding what action to take.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are chasing a deal for Malcolm’s Barcelona on a loan deal until the end of the season.
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