Lukas Podolski has been ruled out for up to ten weeks after the hamstring injury he suffered during Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League play-off victory over Fenerbache proved worse than initially feared.
The German international was taken off on a stretcher shortly after half time at the Emirates, leading the club initially expecting him to be absent for around three weeks.
Arsenal booked their place in the Champions League group stage after easing past Fenerbache in the play-offs.
Goals either side of half time from Aaron Ramsey secured a 2-0 win at the Emirates last night, and 5-0 on aggregate against the Turkish side, who this morning were handed a two-year ban from European competition for their involvement in match-fixing.
Arsenal bounced back from their disappointing opening day defeat by taking a commanding lead in their Champions League play off tie with Fenerbache.
The Gunners will go in to next week’s second leg at the Emirates with a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and an Olivier Giroud penalty.
Liverpool owner John Henry has insisted that the club “are not going to sell” Luis Suarez, the Mirror understands.
Arsenal have so far had two offers for the Uruguay international rejected by the Reds, and are reportedly considering a third, British record transfer bid after the players words in recent weeks appeared to make his position at Anfield untenable.