Arsenal have been dealt a significant blow with the news that Mikel Arteta is likely to miss the next three weeks through injury.
The Spaniard picked up a calf strain in training yesterday and was absent from today’s 0-2 defeat to Manchester City. In his post-game press conference, Wenger confirmed the injury and that his vice-captain will miss games against Swansea (FA Cup), Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool in the league.
When pressed if Arteta’s injury would spur him into the transfer market, Wenger said, “To find a player of his calibre in January? I wish you good luck.”
Which kind of obscures the point, regardless of Arteta’s injury the squad needs to be strengthened and thus far the manager has shown no inclination to do that.
So far this month Arsenal have drawn two games they should have won and lost a home game against a team who hadn’t beaten us in London since 1845.
There’s no guarantee new players would change those results, but they sure as hell wouldn’t have hurt. Unless they were clones of Koscielny who do rugby tackles in the box and that.
Arseblog News sighs.