Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that midfielder Mikel Arteta will miss the Gunners’ crucial Champions League tie against AC Milan.
The former Everton man was stretchered off during the club's 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield at the weekend with suspected concussion following a blow to the head when he collided with Jordan Henderson.
The 62-year-old also revealed that fellow midfielders Yossi Benayoun and Abou Diaby are also set to watch from the stands.
“We have lost Benayoun, Diaby and Arteta as well. Arteta has to rest for a week. Rosicky is doubtful too. But we will put out the best side for us to qualify,” Wenger told reporters.
Striker Robin van Persie is 18/1 with Paddy Power to score three or more goals against Milan on Tuesday night.
The Gunners manager is confident that his side can progress to the next round of the competition despite having to overcome a four-goal deficit, but he feels that balance in their play is a must.
The Frenchman added: “We can score goals. In the last two home games we scored 12. We must find a balance between attacking and defending.
“I can see on your faces a lot of scepticism. We have to make sure we don't share that scepticism. We will have to gamble, the task is difficult, but as a player it is a good game to have in front of you.
“If Milan can score four, we can do it as well. We know we can put a good performance in.”
Focusing on their domestic ambitions, the veteran coach still believes that his team can catch Tottenham in the Premier League, despite their rivals lying four points ahead of them in third place with 11 games to play.
"I said it was not impossible [to catch Tottenham] because we had to play them. We have been consistent," Wenger observed.