Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere could be missing for tomorrow’s clash with Burnley, as the playmaker has picked up an injury in training.
During his pre-match press conference for the fixture at the Emirates Stadium the Frenchman announced that Wilshere, who is now free to play after serving a suspension, might not be able to feature, as he’s been added to the growing injury list.
Gibbs is also a major doubt for the game, which might not be as much of a formality as some Gunners fans believe. With the likes of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud already sidelined there's growing concerns that the side could end up losing matches they would normally win, and the recent blows can't be good for morale.
That being said Wenger has plenty of options in the middle of the park, and Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla are more than capable of covering for the loss sustained if it transpires that Wilshere can't play.
Regardless of that though it will still give Wenger an unnecessary headache, particularly as he's only just got the services of Theo Walcott back. The England winger had been out since the start of this year after picking up a long-term injury against Tottenham, but will be able to take to the bench against Burnley tomorrow.
On the transfer front Arsenal have been dealt a crushing blow in their supposed pursuit of Edinson Cavani. The Paris Saint-Germain forward has finally ruled out a move away from the Parc des Princes, despite the general consensus being that he is unhappy there.
Following a summer of strong speculation, which saw Cavani linked to more clubs than just Arsenal, the Uruguayan has expressed his intent to remain in Ligue 1. This is in spite of the fact that he's said to be uncomfortable with being forced out wide to accomodate the talents of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Such a blow means Wenger will have to look elsewhere in the transfer market if he wants to find support for Danny Welbeck and co. To date Giroud's injury has limited his appearances this term, and Welbeck doesn't look nearly prolific enough to lead the line.