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Gunners boss Unai Emery is facing an injury crisis at the back, with Rob Holding the most recent to be struck down.
The 23-year-old is set to miss whatever is left of the season after he ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament.
Holding was taken off on a stretcher in the first half of the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
The previous England Under-21 star was hurt in a challenge with Marcus Rashford.
Furthermore, it is comprehended his boot was unable to grip on the astroturf around the perimeter of the pitch.
Club captain Laurent Koscielny is still some way off match fitness in his recovery from a serious Achilles injury that has kept him out for seven months.
And Nacho Monreal, who can also cover the centre-half positions, is as yet battling with hamstring damage.
New kid on the block Greek protector Konstantinos Mavrapanos has proceeding with issues with his crotch, while Shkodran Mustafi limped off against Huddersfield with a hamstring problem.
That leaves Gunners manager Unai Emery with just Sokratis Papastathopoulos as his fit centre-backs – but he is suspended and will miss Sunday’s trip to Southampton.