Arsenal will be without Thomas Partey for their clash against Tottenham.
Mikel Arteta is in desperate need of a victory following their defeat at home to Wolves on Sunday, which left them languishing in 14th place in the Premier League table.
Spurs went back to the top of the table thanks to their draw against Chelsea earlier in the day, and Jose Mourinho might be quietly pleased that Partey won’t be able to feature.
A disheartened Arteta gave another update over the 27-year-old’s status after their 2-1 loss, predicting that he will be out of action over the next few matches.
Arteta said: “He had an injury very early in the game [against Villa], he wanted to continue the second half.
“We knew it was a significant injury. He's done very well and he's working very hard, he wants to be available.
“Hopefully we can get him back soon but it's an area we need to be careful and we need to be protective with the player. I don't think he will be with us in the next few games.”
Despite that blow, Arteta has insisted that his main concern is the form of club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has scored two goals in nine league appearances this season.
Arteta said: “I think we all are because the main goalscorer of the club at the moment isn't scoring goals, so my biggest concern is how to help him more to score goals because we need his goals.
“How important Auba has been for this club in the last two years and how the goal sheet has been shared among the squad tells you his importance.
“He needs to be scoring goals if we want to be successful.”
Having said of the result: "They had two shots on target in the first half and scored twice.
“The team showed a real resilience, togetherness and belief to try to win in the second half. We generated the chances but didn't score.
"We need more goals to win football matches. We need to keep supporting the players. All players go through [tough] periods. We're creating chances but struggling to score goals.
“That's the difference between winning and losing.”
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