Arsenal have been rocked by the double-blow that Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta will miss the next three months of the season after becoming the latest names to be added to the busy injury list at the Emirates.
The Gunners are currently without seven first-team members heading into this weekend’s crucial Premier League encounter with reigning champions Manchester City, where painful memories of last season’s 6-3 demolition will still be fresh in the mind of Arsene Wenger and his side.
But even more painful will have been the dislocated shoulder Debuchy suffered during last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Stoke, following a collision with Marko Arnautovic. The Stoke forward shoved Debuchy in the back, sending him crashing to the ground and into the advertising hoardings surrounding the Emirates Stadium pitch.
While the right-back was stretchered off the pitch, Wenger was hopeful that the injury would not be too severe despite the confirmed dislocation, but the club confirmed today that isn’t the case and he underwent surgery on the injured shoulder.
Arteta meanwhile has suffered a major setback in his recovery from an ankle injury that has kept him sidelined since November. With his contract up at the end of the season and the expectation that he will not return until April at the earliest, there are fears that he may have played his final game in the red and white of Arsenal.
So who do they join on the Arsenal injury list?
Click the gallery below to see the latest Arsenal injury updates.
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.
Will Arsenal dip into the transfer market to find a replacement for Arteta? Find out with our latest transfer news live blog.
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