Arsenal fans are in panic after centre-backs Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny were both forced off with seemingly serious injuries against Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round.
After signing from Borussia Dortmund in a £17.7m deal last summer, Sokratis has enjoyed a fine debut campaign in north London and had struck up a promising understanding alongside French star Koscielny in recent weeks.
But in worrying scenes for the Gunners, the Greek powerhouse seemed to roll his ankle whilst jumping for a heading with former Emirates star Alexis Sanchez in the 21st minute.
Despite receiving medical attention from the Arsenal physios, Sokratis signalled to the Gunners bench that he could no longer continue and was immediately substituted for Shkodran Mustafi.
On social media, Arsenal fans were fearing the worst, with the thought of Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny’s promising partnership at centre-back seemingly coming to an abrupt end.
With the Greek leaving the field almost in tears, some pointed out in jest that it was because he realised Mustafi was coming on.
After seeing United score two quick-fire goals in Sokratis’ absence, many Arsenal supporters were quick to highlight how the floodgates had been opened soon after the substitution.
Sokratis off, floodgates are opening what a surprise.
— April 曆 (@aprilburton21) January 25, 2019
Things however went from bad to worse for the Gunners as then Koscielny was forced to come early himself mid-way through the second half when he caught a boot to the face from Romelu Lukaku.
The former Lorient star was on the ground for numerous minutes after play was stopped, with blood coming out of the side of Koscielny’s face.
After seeing Sokratis go off in the opening period too, Arsenal fans were in complete panic mode with Emery forced to use midfielder Granit Xhaka as a make-shift centre-half.
koscielny off? forget about top four. forget about this game. forget about europa league. we’re now fighting for survival tbh. probably going to get relegated.
— Thando (@uShozi) January 25, 2019
With right-back Hector Bellerin recently ruled out for a number of months with an Achilles injury, and centre-half Rob Holding also expected to be out until the end of this season, Unai Emery will look for a positive medical update in the days to come.
Emery has already admitted that the Gunners have no money to spend on permanent transfers in January, with only loan deals expected to happen before the end of the window.