Mikel Arteta does not believe Arsenal can afford to feel sorry for themselves as a growing injury list threatens to hamper their Premier League title challenge, according to Sky
With a heavy fixture list in February – arguable the Gunners’ toughest month of the season – and a deleted midfield there have been calls of concern that their thus far great season could be about to hit a rough patch – something that can scarcely be afforded with Man City and Chelsea still in the hunt at the top of the table as well.
With Matthieu Flamini suspended for four games after receiving a straight red card against Southampton on Tuesday evening, his absence will be felt as will Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, who are sidelined with injuries.
The news of the north Londoners pushing on with a deal for Schalke star Julian Draxler could offer some relief, but otherwise the midfield looks considerably under strength with games against the likes of Liverpool (twice – once in the league and once in the FA Cup), Man United and Bayern Munich (in the Champions League) still to come.
But former Everton star Arteta feels that a positive attitude will help the Gunners get past their imminent testing times.
“That happens and we have to deal with it,” said the 31-year-old.
“The schedule is really busy now and we have some really tough games coming up in the next two weeks so we have to deal with it and do our best. That is one problem that we have had in the last few weeks. We have had a lot of injuries, losing Theo Walcott for a long time, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just coming back, too many.
“Tomas Rosicky, as well, was out for a couple of weeks with his nose, so we are a bit short at the moment, but hopefully we can get people back. But there is a long way to go. Everyone is going to drop points and some will do so at Southampton, because it is a very tough place to come. Hopefully, we will be fine.”
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