Arsenal are facing a midfield injury crisis ahead of their Champions League showdown with Olympiakos tonight, with Arsene Wenger confirming that both Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are out of the tie, per the Gunners’ Twitter account.
The North London club lost 2-1 to Dinamo Zagreb in the opening game of their Champions League campaign and will now require a win against the Greek outfit in order to put themselves in good stead for qualification out of their group which also consists of Bayern Munich.
Their task has now been made more difficult due to injuries to midfielders in the team, with Wenger confirming that Flamini and Arteta are also out of the game. The French midfielder has a hamstring problem, while the Spaniard is down with a muscle injury.
But Wenger was coy on the availability of Francis Coquelin after the midfielder had been tipped for a first team return next weekend. Coquelin, too, remains a doubt to start the game.
With Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky also out with long-term injuries, Arsenal are chronically short of men in the middle of the pitch and if Coquelin is finally unable to feature in the game, it will be interesting to see who Wenger starts in the middle of the pitch.
Santi Cazorla is one of those certain to fill one of the slots in the middle of the field, and the Spaniard could be joined by Aaron Ramsey, who has been deployed on the right side of midfield so far this season.
With the Manchester United game at the weekend also in mind, Wenger will be hoping his charges come out victorious and with a clean bill of health from the game, as victory would boost their morale and full fitness will make them go all the way against the Red Devils.