Arsenal suffer Hector Bellerin blow as defender is injured in warm-up for West Ham clash and has to be replaced in XI by Ainsley Maitland-Niles
- The Spanish right back suffered a suspected hamstring injury in the warm-up
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaced Bellerin in the starting line-up against West Ham
- Bellerin recently returned to action after he ruptured his cruciate knee ligament
Arsenal had their preparations for Monday’s crunch clash with West Ham upset by an injury for defender Hector Bellerin.
The Spanish right back suffered a suspected hamstring injury in the warm-up for the Premier League encounter at the London Stadium on Monday night.
Interim Arsenal manager Freddie Ljungberg was forced into a late change with Ainsley Maitland-Niles replacing Bellerin in the starting line-up and Sead Kolasinac named among the substitutes.
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin arrives at the London Stadium prior to kick-off on Monday
Former Newcastle, Liverpool and Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez said the late setback would be a blow for the Gunners.
He told Sky Sports: ‘It is really difficult for you (as a manager) because you have the game plan but you have to trust your players, you cannot change too much.’
Bellerin recently returned from injury after the Spain international ruptured his cruciate knee ligament.
The right back (right) suffered a suspected hamstring injury in the warm-up on Monday
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