Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos and even versatile centre-back Thomas Vermaelen are all sidelined with injury with Wenger already having to dig deep into the reserves to cover them with young midfielder Francis Coquelin taking up the unfamiliar role of left-back in the gunners last fixture.
Wenger said on the current injury crisis:
I do not want to go for a permanent solution because we have to pay all these people as well. But if I can, yes I will get a loan player until the end of the season.
Vermaelen should be back, not for Swansea [next weekend], but after that.
While there is a crisis at the back, things seem to be looking up when it comes to offence with legend Thierry Henry slotting straight into the squad set to face Leeds United in the FA Cup on Monday with captain Robin van Persie set to be rested after a busy festive period. A lot of hype has centred around the talismanic Frenchman and it will be a sight to see him back in the Arsenal colours! I hope he adds to his already tremendous amount of goals he has scored at Highbury and the Emirates!