Frenchman discovers that two key midfielders will not now be back before April at the earliest.
Premier League leaders Arsenal have suffered a double injury setback, according to reports in the Daily Star.
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The north London club, who currently lead the Premier League standings by just two points from both rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, are now set to be without both recent new signing Kim Kallstrom and key star Aaron Ramsey for a lengthy period of time.
Sweden international Kallstrom only arrived at the Emirates in the final hours of transfer deadline day as cover for the injured Ramsey, even though the Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger knew that the 31-year-old was already carrying a back injury.
However, it has now been discovered by the club that the midfielder will actually be out of action for far longer than initially imagined with Kallstrom, who has since returned to Sweden to recuperate from the problem, not expected to be back in action for another two months, rather than the six weeks that Wenger thought when he agreed to take the player on loan until the end of the campaign.
Meanwhile, there was yet more bad news for the Frenchman after he learned that Wales international Ramsey would also be sidelined for far longer than first thought, with the goalscoring midfielder not expected to be seen in an Arsenal shirt before the end of March rather than the six-week period he had expected his star to be sidelined for.