Arsene Wenger has ruled Lukas Podolski out for up to ten weeks after confirming the German’s hamstring injury is far worse than initially thought.
The striker pulled up in the opening moments of the second-half against Fenerbahce on Tuesday night and had to be helped from the field by the club’s medical team.
Speaking ahead of the North London derby, Wenger gave an update to Arsenal.com on the 28-year-old’s fitness:
“It is bad news about Lukas Podolski as he will be out for eight to 10 weeks. His hamstring is much more damaged than we thought at the start. It is very disappointing and we have paid a very heavy price for that win [over Fenerbahce]. We have to be patient now.”
Unfortunately, it sounds as though Mikel Arteta is still some way from being involved in the first team, although Thomas Vermaelen is making steady progress.
“Arteta is doing OK but there are few weeks to go with him, Thomas Vermaelen could be back after the international break,” reported Wenger.
In better news Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey will be both involved against Spurs, with the boss happy to reveal that they received only bumps and bruises rather than the feared ankle and groin problems spoken about post-match.
As things stand with just over four days left of the transfer window we’ve only Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo up front to keep us going until November.
If the need to bolster our options wasn’t already explicit, it certainly is now…oh, and we could also do with someone in defence, midfield, maybe a goalkeeper, a winger etc.
Just in case you’re reading Arsene…