Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is set to be sidelined for at least a few weeks with yet another injury.
Jesus has struggled to keep fit since joining the Gunners from Manchester City last year and missed the first two games of the Premier League season with a knee problem.
Jesus grabbed a goal and an assist to help Arsenal beat Sevilla in midweek.
But left the pitch holding his hamstring during the closing stages of the match.
Arteta was press for an update on the forward in Friday’s press conference.
He was quick to confirm that he will be out for an indefinite period of at least a couple of weeks.
Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard are going to miss Arsenal next matches
“The scan showed a muscle injury and we might lose him for a few weeks again,” said the Arsenal boss. “With Gabi, I cannot give you any timeframe because he always surprises us. There is something there, he felt an awkward action. He had a [heavy] load in the last few weeks with the national team. It’s really bad news for us.”
Arteta went on to deliver more bad news by explaining that Thomas Partey will also miss Saturday’s match with an injury of his own, which he sustained in Arsenal’s final training session before facing Sevilla.
“He’s got a muscle injury and we expect him out for a few weeks,” added Arteta when quizzed on Partey’s condition. “We don’t know the extent of it, he has more scans today. He got in training with the last kick of the ball [before Sevilla]. Very unfortunate. It’s something different [to before].”
One player who struggle to impress against Sevilla was Martin Odegaard, who has experienced a drop-off in form over the last few weeks.
The Arsenal skipper was a standout performer last season but has been unable to carry his performances into the current campaign, with questions now being ask over his continued place in the side.