Emirates outfit will have to do without the services of their skipper for the rest of the campaign.
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will miss the rest of the season after cracking his right fibula in Wednesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw with Barcelona.
Fabregas picked up the injury when he won a penalty after colliding with Barca centre-back Carles Puyol.
The Spaniard, 22, underwent a scan on Thursday which confirmed he will be out of action for at least six weeks.
Meanwhile, William Gallas and Andrey Arshavin will be out for “at least three weeks” with calf injuries.
“Cesc will miss the remainder of the domestic campaign as he will be out of action for at least six weeks,” said an Arsenal statement.
“Everyone at the club wishes Cesc a full and speedy recovery.”
Fabregas, who was a doubt before the quarter-final first leg with severe bruising to his knee and leg, was only declared fit to play after the final warm-up.
He was visibly pained after lashing in the equalising spot-kick five minutes from time against his boyhood club and left the Emirates Stadium on crutches.
“When I took the penalty, I was quite strong, but after when I went to get the ball, I could not walk any more,” said Fabregas after the match.
The influential midfielder would have been suspended for the return leg in Barcelona after picking up a third booking of the competition.
He now faces a race to be fit for the World Cup, with Spain’s first game at the finals in South Africa taking place on 16 June against Switzerland. (BBC Sport)
Every Arsenal supporter will have dreaded this news the moment it became clear that Cesc had suffered a knock against Barcelona. The injury will effect the Emirates side far greater than the Spanish national team who appear to have a wealth of central midfielders to call upon.
It is now up to Cesc’s teammates to rally around and make up for the loss as they go into the final stretch in the search of meaningful silverware and whilst the loss of such an influential player will of course effect the north London club they should also be able to perform without the services of an individual, albeit one of the best players in his position in Europe.