Arsenal midfielder confident of title challenge despite injury list

Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal "will be fine" in their quest for Premier League silverware this season, despite an increasingly worrying absentee list.

Arsene Wenger's side dropped points at St. Mary's last night after a 2-2 draw with Southampton and face a do-or-die fixture list in February as they bid to lift their first trophy since 2005.

Injuries to Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere have not helped, while Mathieu Flamini's sending off against Southampton means he will serve a four-game ban.

Arteta, however, is staying positive and thinks the current squad have both the ability and the experience to deal with their travails.

"That happens and we have to deal with it," Arteta told reporters.

"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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