Arsenal have been dealt a major blow ahead of Sunday’s North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur after receiving the news that striker Lukas Podolski will be out for 10 weeks due to a hamstring injury, Sky
Podolski sustained the injury seconds into the second-half of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Fenerbahce on Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying tie. Despite manager Arsene Wenger initially predicting an absence of around three weeks, further examination on the injury has shown that is much worse than first thought.
Wenger said: “It is bad news about Lukas Podolski. 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. We have to be patient now.”
This setback increases the possibility of Wenger signing a striker before Monday’s transfer deadline, with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott the only senior players available to play in attack, with Yaya Sanogo, Arsenal’s only summer signing, unlikely to feature on a regular basis.
Podolski, who scored twice in Saturday’s 3-1 over Fulham, adds to an already lengthy injury list that includes Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and captain Thomas Vermaelen.
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