Arsene Wenger has admitted Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla is struggling with his fitness.
Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez were taken off in the 1-1 draw with Norwich City, adding to an injury list which includes Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin, and Danny Welbeck.
Wenger told Arsenal's official website after the game: "Cazorla played on one leg and of course we played Kosicelny at the start of the game so it was, I would say, a fair point for Norwich and it was on the injury front a bad afternoon for us."
The injury troubles are piling up, ahead of a crucial Champions League game against Olympiakos in early December.
Yet Cazorla deserves a little praise for battling through, and along with Mesut Ozil he topped the Premier League this weekend for the highest number of successful passes in the final third.
|Team||Successful Final Third Passes|
|Juan Mata||Man Utd||26|
|Yannick Bolasie||C. Palace||22|
Despite their injury troubles, Arsenal do have an option to replace him and give him a rest, by simply moving Alexis Sanchez into the centre.
They could then play Joel Campbell or the returning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out wide, promote talented youngster Jeff Reine Adelaide - or even recall Serge Gnabry from West Brom.
Going into more detail, Wenger added with regard to Cazorla: "In the first half he got a kick on the knee and it got worse. I don’t know if he has jaded his knee ligament or he it was just a kick on the nerve but the worrying thing was it got worse during the game."
As evidenced by Sanchez picking up a hamstring injury, giving injured players a rest is vital, and Arsene Wenger must learn from this and leave him out when Sunderland visit The Emirates next Saturday.