Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is concerned about the number of his players currently out nursing injuries.
The Gunners head into tonight's Champions League Group F opener against Marseille with eight senior players on the sidelines - and Wenger is eager to see them return to action ahead of one of the most hectic periods in the season.
“Of course I am concerned because we now play for two months every three or four days,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the Telegraph. “It’s important we get players back. You can’t play the next two months with the squad we have at the moment.”
Wenger had been expected to significantly bolster his squad during the summer transfer window, but the Frenchman only managed to sign two new players, including the talented Germany international Mesut Ozil for a club record £42.4m from Real Madrid.
Their lack of activity has left the Gunners particularly short in the striker department.
The in-form Olivier Giroud is currently Arsenal's only available senior striker, but the France international has reportedly been suffering from a niggling pain in his right knee during recent weeks.
If anything happens to Giroud against Marseille this evening, their only other option will be the inexperienced 17-year-old forward Chuba Akpom.
“We’re a really united squad and everyone works for the team,” Giroud commented. “That’s good, we have a quality squad but I’m a bit scared about the numbers we have in the squad.
"We will face problems because of the numbers in our squad but we’ll do everything we can to rival the big clubs.”