Arsenal are already enduring a bad season but it could become worse following injuries to a host first team players. The Gunners are out of the Premier League quartet making qualification for next season Champion league a herculean task.
Chances of regaining a place in the top four may now be more difficult than earlier envisaged. Arsenal performances even when they have a full strength squad were actually not up to expectations but now they will have to make do without four key players.
The absence of Santi Carzola has already depleted the midfield and with Mesut Ozil also out with a hamstring injury, as revealed by his national manager Joachim Low, has only added salt to injury. The German midfielder has not featured for the Gunners in their last five games.
And despite sustaining an ankle injury, Alexis Sanchez has decided to represent his country in a World Cup qualifier against Argentina which could aggravate the injury and eventually missing some crucial games, including the Premier League game against top four rivals Man City and the FA Cup semi-final against the same opponent which is their last hope of winning a trophy to salvage their season. Injury to Lucas Perez also means Arsene Wenger will be short of options upfront.
To dampen their current pitiable situation Petr Cech has been ruled for four weeks after picking up a calf injury in the 3-1 loss at West Brom. David Ospina who has not been really convincing will deputise for Cech in-between the sticks for that period.
The Colombian shot-stopper has kept one clean sheet in his last four games for Arsenal, conceding ten goals against Bayern Munich and two after coming on to replace Cech against West Brom.
Wenger and his side are under serious pressure having lost four of their last five league games and six of their last nine matches in all competitions.