Arsenal will be without Olivier Giroud for their Premier League matches against West Ham and Southampton plus the FA Cup third round tie with Hull after he was sent-off in the 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day.
Giroud saw a moment of madness cost him dear as his reactionary head-butt on Nedum Onouha earned him a straight red card and a three-match ban to add to the lengthy list of first-team players missing for the Gunners’ trip to Upton Park.
Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Mikel Arteta (calf), Mesut Özil (knee), Abou Diaby (calf), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Serge Gnabry (knee) all remain sidelined and are ruled out of the match against the fifth-placed Hammers, who are coming off a 2-0 defeat to league leaders Chelsea.
Find out the latest Arsenal injury news by clicking the gallery below...
Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
There is some good news for Arsene Wenger though in that Laurent Koscielny could be fit enough to return to the Arsenal defence after suffering a calf injury, with both Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal being deployed alongside Per Mertesacker in their last two outings.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a late fitness test having missed the win over Rangers with a groin injury that he picked up late in the draw with Liverpool before Christmas.
Arsenal face West Ham at 3pm on Sunday 28 December, and a win will see them overtake the Hammers into fifth. Should Southampton suffer defeat against Chelsea, Arsenal will break into the top-four with a win for the first time since the start of November.Reuse content