Arsene Wenger will have a few gaps to fill in his team selection against Aston Villa in two days.
Alex Song will be joining Johan Djourou on the sidelines after the Cameroonian received his fifth yellow card of the season against Manchester City – resulting in a one-match ban.
Song’s Swiss teammate Djourou injured his groin on Sunday while deputizing for Bacary Sagna who will take a couple more months to return.
Laurent Koscielny went on to play at right-back and the French defender will have to continue doing so for three more weeks at least, after Djourou was ruled out with a groin strain.
“It is a groin problem. Usually that is 21 days (for a recovery).” Wenger said.
“I must say we have four full backs out and the first injury we get in the game is a full back. It’s not only down to resources, you cannot buy 17 full backs anyway. That is why I think we were a bit unlucky today.” he added
Arsenal’s squad is growing thinner as January approaches with injuries in the defensive department to Andre Santos and now Johan Djourou adding to the need for cover in attack for Robin van Persie.
But despite admitting his woes, Wenger remains coy over any moves in next month’s transfer window.
“We hope to have Wilshere and Diaby back so in midfield we have the numbers required. But at the moment we are short at the back and if Gervinho and Chamakh go to the Africa Cup of Nations we are short up front more than midfield” the Frenchman said.