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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.
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.”
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