Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mikel Arteta has joined the injury list ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League opener with Aston Villa.
Already without club captain Thomas Vermaelen, left back Nacho Monreal and lifer Abou Diaby, it leaves the squad in a difficult state. Wenger said he was unsure exactly how long the Spaniard would be missing for, but admitted it could be up to six weeks.
While there are enough players to fill the first XI, it looks as if we’ll be down to bare bones when it comes to the bench, leaving us with few options should we need to change the game.
There is some good news as, after a midweek scare, there’s no suggestion Bacary Sagna will miss out while Aaron Ramsey is available after missing Wales game against the Republic of Ireland.
Update: Sky Sports saying Sagna is out.
And Wenger stated once again he was looking to boost his squad, saying, “I don’t disagree that we are a bit light at the moment. We are looking to strengthen our squad.
“We’re looking more for quality than for numbers. We would like two or three players, if possible more.”