Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that right-back Hector Bellerin will miss the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.
The French tactician was speaking to reporters in his Friday press conference, as reported by Sky Sports, and noted that he had suffered another setback with the absence of another first-team player.
Arsenal are already without the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey due to injury, as they look to maintain their current momentum in the Premier League.
The Gunners have won five consecutive league games since their loss to Chelsea in September, although they will now be desperate to bounce back after their 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek.
Wenger’s side have been impressive domestically as they continue to build their confidence in terms of being capable of sustaining a title push as they currently sit level at the top of the table with Manchester City.
However, they will be thoroughly tested in the coming weeks given the number of absentees, and Wenger will be hopeful that he has enough depth and quality in his squad to cope.
Joel Campbell made an immediate impact last weekend as he scored in the 3-1 win over Swansea City having been promoted to the starting line-up.
In Bellerin’s absence, it is likely that second-choice right-back Mathieu Debuchy will get the nod as the Gunners look to continue their strong defensive form having conceded just eight goals in 11 games so far this season.