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Arsenal lose two players after Sagna injury

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Questions at today's press conference at Arsenal's London Colney training centre circled around a picture of Jack Wilshere smoking.

Although Wilshere deserves a reprimand for his mistake, the reaction has been nothing short of excessive and allowed the big news to slip quietly under the rug.

During the press conference Arsene Wenger said: "[Bacary] Sagna will not be fit [for Sunday]. He has a hamstring injury and will be out for three weeks."

Although seemingly not the end of the world, the injury leaves Arsenal short in not just one position, but two.

Wenger failed to bring in defensive reinforcements during the summer whilst allowing Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou leave the club - the latter being a temporary departure.

The only reason for starting the season with just three centre backs in the squad was down to the fact that Sagna had impressed in that position in pre-season.

He has, therefore, become Arsenal's fourth-choice centre back with Carl Jenkinson coming in at right back when Sagna is forced inwards.

His setback now means that Arsenal have only three first team players to choose at centre back.

Take in to consideration Thomas Vermaelen's lack of playing time and Laurent Koscielny's tendency to pick up red cards and Arsenal are on the verge of a very big problem.

The news is not just a blow for Arsenal as a whole but for Sagna individually. After a torrid end to last season, the Frenchman was playing himself back to his best form. 

Wenger's faith in the player was regrowing and a new contract was surely on his way. Three weeks on the sidelines effectively puts him back to square one.

So on the face of it, Sagna's injury is not a big deal. Arsenal have right back cover in the shape of an improving Jenkinson. But this Arsenal squad is overly reliant on Sagna being fit.

With him out of action for at least three weeks, it has moved the Gunners closer to an injury crisis.

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