Arsene Wenger must do without Emirates Stadium stalwart for coming months.
Arsenal have been dealt another hammer blow after Thomas Vermaelen was ruled out for up to three months.
The centre-back is believed to have undergone surgery on his left ankle – handing Arsene Wenger another major headache as they attempt to kickstart their season.
Jack Wilshere is already sidelined for between two and three months, leaving Arsenal desperately short of experienced heads as they bid to lift themselves after the 8-2 mauling at arch rivals Manchester United last month.
Vermaelen is understood to have visited a specialist in Stockholm on Monday for surgery in the latest setback in his Arsenal career.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Given that Thomas Vermaelen is very much the only truly solid and reliable centre back Arsenal possess, at least until the recent arrival of Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen, this is not good news for Arsene Wenger.
Couple this news with the fact that England youngster Jack Wilshere is also out for a prolonged period and the fact that Gervinho, Alex Song, Carl Jenkinson and Emmanuel Frimpong are all out suspended and Laurent Koscielny may also be out injured and it appears that Wenger will once again be down to the bare bones for the coming fixtures.
The arrival of Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun and the aforementioned Per Mertesacker will of course help to cover for these omissions but once again show the relative threadbare nature of Arsenal’s senior squad options.
Mertesacker will therefore in all likelihood have to partner with either Johan Djourou or Sebastian Squillaci, two players who are hugely inconsistent.
The North London side take on Swansea City at home on the weekend and whilst the fixture would appear to be a home banker it is worth noting that the Welsh side are above Arsenal in the Premier League table at present.