The Englishman is out for six weeks but will it affect the Gunners?
There is some bad news for Arsenal as midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for six weeks after picking up a foot injury playing for England.
The 22-year-old clashed with Denmark and Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger and now leaves club manager Arsene Wenger with a selection headache in midfield.
So fanatix takes a look to see if at this crucial stage of the season the Gunners will miss Wlshere or whether they can cope without the Englishman.
Here are their options:
The Spaniard is a reliable source in the middle of the park and is among the most accurate passers in the entire Premier League this season with a success rate of 92%.
Despite having to have adapt to play a deeper role one of Arteta’s other main strengths is tackling, with the 31-year-old having attempted 112 – although admittedly has lost out a worrying 63 of those times.
Whilst the north London team have plenty of talent going forward – including Wilshere – defensively they have been greatly improved by the return of this Frenchman.
With a successful pass percentage of 93% and having won 21 of 46 tackles Flamini operates in a similar vein to Arteta – although with less class and more clattering challenges.