If the news that Per Mertesacker was out and Mesut Ozil was doubtful through sickness was not bad enough for Arsenal fans then a rumour currently doing the rounds on Twitter will not cheer you guys up one bit.
There is quite a stir on the social network site this morning that suggests that Spanish international and star creator Santi Cazorla will not play today after picking up an injury.
Cazorla made his debut against The Mackems last season and instantly impressed with his technical ability and creative spark in the final third.
But it appears possible that he may not be showcasing that talent once again later today.
With Tomas Rosicky already out along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain it would give Arsene Wenger a real selection headache - along with the sickness developed by Ozil on Friday.
The news appears to stem from a Tweet from Goal.com correspondent Wayne Veysey - stating that Cazorla picked up the injury in midweek:
Told Cazorla is out of #SAFCvAFC , with injury picked up in midweek. Ozil (ill) has travelled & a late decision to be made before k.o.— Wayne Veysey (@wayneveysey) September 14, 2013
Now this is not the first time we have been told Cazorla would miss an Arsenal game on Twitter, so approach with caution. The last time it happened he went on to play the full 90 minutes despite rumours of a death in the family.
The reaction on Twitter is mixed.
Some Arsenal fans seem to buy it, and are hoping even more than before that Mesut Ozil could be fit enough to start in the event of their main creator’s absence - others are adamant the news cannot be true.
They cite the fact Cazorla is in the provisional squad - and the decision to play several potential replacements, such as Serge Gnabry and Ryo Miyaichi in Thursday’s Under-21 tie against West Bromwich Albion.
But that game came before Ozil arrived at training on Friday feeling under the weather - so it could certainly be that Wenger was hoping on Cazorla being replaced by the £42.5 million man.
But there is no official news on this subject, and the fact remains that this rumour will prove false. Wenger mentioned nothing of a Cazorla in jury in his press conference, and he would have no real reason to tell a porky pie.
But Cazorla’s name will certainly be one to look out for when the teams are announced at around 14:00 this afternoon.
Do you think Cazorla is injured?
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