Arsenal could be without influential midfielder Santi Cazorla for the rest of the season after he sustained an Achilles injury, as confirmed by Arsene Wenger.
The Spaniard has missed a significant part of the campaign already after suffering a knee injury in November, as he struggled having developed tendonitis after ligament surgery.
While it appeared as though he would be on course to make a comeback sooner rather than later, Wenger has conceded that the outlook doesn’t look too positive.
“Santi is not doing too well,” Wenger said, as reported by Sky Sports. “He has some Achilles problems that hold him back. His knee is doing well but his Achilles has inflamed a little bit and we have to put him off impact.
“We have to see now how he responds. He had always a little tendonitis on his Achilles and we have to see how he responds to that.”
Meanwhile, the Gunners are expected to be without Jack Wilshere for another three weeks at least, with Wenger revealing that he has yet to join the rest of the group in training, while it was confirmed on Tuesday that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines too.
Arsenal have not won in their last three games in all competitions, and ahead of a crucial game against Swansea City on Wednesday night, they will be desperate to close the six-point gap that has opened up between them and league leaders Leicester City.
Furthermore, the Gunners face north London rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday which could prove to be a decisive encounter with regards to the Premier League title race.