Arsenal have been dealt yet another injury blow with the news that German forward Lukas Podolski's hamstring injury is worse than previously feared, and will keep him out for up to ten weeks.
Podolski suffered the injury during the 2-0 win over Fenerbahce on Tuesday night and was initially expected to be out for three or four weeks at the most, with this news now increasing the pressure on Arsene Wenger to sign new players.
The Frenchman said: "His (Podolski's) hamstring is much more damaged than we thought at the start. It is very disappointing and we have paid a very heavy price for that win. We have to be patient now."
With Arsenal's only signing this summer being youngster Yaya Sanogo, this will add fuel to an already building fire ahead of the Gunners' derby day encounter with Tottenham on Sunday.
Mathieu Flamini is expected to sign on a free transfer, five years after leaving the club, but this is unlikely to appease unhappy Arsenal supporters who now see their side down to the bare bones.
Arsenal are currently without Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thomas Vermaelen and Abou Diaby. And while Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey appeared to suffer knocks during the encounter with Fenerbahce, they are expected to return for the clash with big-spending Spurs.
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