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ARSENE WENGER faces an in­jury cri­sis on top of his other prob­lems at Arse­nal.

The French­man has 10 play­ers out for tonight’s Group F clash.

Gerv­inho, Theo Wal­cott and Lau­rent Ko­scielny are the lat­est play­ers to get crocked.

They are face a race against time to face bit­ter ri­vals Tot­ten­ham at White Hart Lane on Sun­day.

The news comes days af­ter the club were rocked by Jack Wil­shere need­ing surgery on his an­kle and get­ting ruled out for FIVE MONTHS. Seb Squil­laci, Abou Di­aby, Yossi Be­nay­oun, Thomas Ver­mae­len, Miquel and Jo­han Djourou are also on the treat­ment ta­ble.

Wenger ad­mits his squad can­not cope with al­most a whole team out, say­ing: “Cer­tainly not.

“You can­not go through the sea­son with nine in­juries.”

Wenger will serve the last game of his UEFA touch­line ban as his side look to build on their open­ing 1-1 draw at Borus­sia Dort­mund.

Forced

They could badly do with a win af­ter their dread­ful start to the Premier League sea­son.

Wenger will watch a makeshift team from the stands with Alex Song forced into de­fence to cover for Ver­mae­len, Ko­scielny, Djourou and Miquel.

No Wil­shere or Song in mid­field means they will be light­weight in that area.

Wenger said: “Jack’s in­jury puts a bit more pres­sure on our mid­field­ers to per­form game in, game out be­cause we have less ro­ta­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

An­drey Ar­shavin has been look­ing crap up front this sea­son but Wenger de­fended the Rus­sian, adding: “There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween the im­age that An­drey has and who he is re­ally is. He had a dif­fi­cult end of sea­son last year and I be­lieve for a few weeks now he has been in very good form.

“I want to keep him and he has two or three more years left here.”

Get­ting skip­per Robin van Per­sie to sign a new deal is the pri­or­ity.

Wenger stressed: “On our side we are quite clear so that there is no prob­lem.

“I do not say there is no prob­lem at all be­cause it does not de­pend only on us – but we are clear with our in­ten­tion.

“Af­ter that you have to re­spect that he has nearly two years to go so let’s not make an im­me­di­ate is­sue.

“Robin is dif­fer­ent to An­drey, who is older.

“Robin fin­ishes at the age of 30.

“An­drey fin­ishes at the age of 33, I think.”

WOR­RIED: Arsene Wenger

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