Arsenal have two influential Britons currently sidelined but at least one will be fit and available for selection against Liverpool and Manchester United.
Just as Arsenal's amount of injuries appeared to have abated, the club were struck by the extended layoff of Aaron Ramsey, who suffered a setback to his thigh issue recently.
However, there has been an update on when the Welshman and his midfield team-mate Jack Wilshere could be expected to return to first-team duty and it has an impact on their chances of success throughout February, when they embark on a gauntlet run of tricky fixtures including a trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the Premier League, ahead of an Emirates Stadium match-up with Manchester United and a home clash against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
A statement on Sky Sports said: 'Jack Wilshere has an ankle problem but there's good news… while he will not be fit for Sunday's match against Crystal Palace, he could be available for next week's, against Liverpool [on Saturday, February 8].
'On Aaron Ramsey - his thigh injury doesn't look good, it's a matter of weeks for him.'
Currently 14th in the Premier League, Crystal Palace should not - on paper, at least - represent too hard an opposition regardless of Arsene Wenger's injury concerns, yet he will be relieved when he can welcome Wilshere back to his selection.
Both Jack and Ramsey have been influential in the Gunners midfield, with both scoring, assisting, creating chances, stifling the play of their opponents and enjoying many touches of the football per game.
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