Hector Bellerin’s hamstring troubles show little sign of abating with the Spaniard still being assessed by the Arsenal medical team.
The right-back hasn’t featured for the Gunners since the defeat to Brighton on 5 December (that’s two head coaches ago!) and has made only seven appearances in total this campaign.
We don’t know for sure, but it definitely sounds like the type of niggly problem you pick up when you’ve been sidelined for a long time. You’ll remember that Bellerin underwent ACL surgery in January 2019 and didn’t make his comeback until late September.
Mikel Arteta’s only other absentees ahead of Saturday’s tricky trip to Crystal Palace are long-term absentees Calum Chambers and Kieran Tierney.
The former has undergone surgery on his own ACL issue and will miss the rest of the season, while the latter is due to return to training in March after dislocating his shoulder in December.