Arsenal have been unlucky with injuries this season and their luck got worse this week as recent reports confirmed that Matteiu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta are out for a long time but Kieran Gibbs is likely to be back tomorrow.
Right-back Matteiu Debuchy dislocated his shoulder against Stoke City on Sunday when he fell awkwardly on it, and had to undergo surgery. He is now ruled out for three months due to the injury.
Midfielder Mikel Arteta is also sidelined for three months after undergoing surgery on his left ankle. His ankle had been causing him discomfort for quite a while and also affected the performance of his calf muscles. He is in rehabilitation period which will take approximately three months.
While left-back Kieran Gibbs will rejoin the Arsenal squad on Friday and his level of fitness will be analyzed before deciding whether he will take part in the clash against the reigning champions Manchester City or not.
Summer signing Danny Welbeck could return this week but the reports still say that he is suffering pain in his hamstring which sidelined him last week against Stoke.
Columnist: Hassan Naqvi