Arsenal's title hopes have been hit by the news that star midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be sidelined by up to six weeks with a thigh injury.
The Wales international, 23, has been one of the stand-out performers in the Barclays Premier League this season and played a key part in helping the Gunners into a position to challenge for their first league crown since 2004.
Ramsey suffered the injury in training and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he may now need to bring in a midfielder as cover in the last hours of the January window, with the club having been heavily linked with Schalke's Julian Draxler throughout the month.
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In quotes carried by the club's official Twitter feed, Wenger said: "Aaron Ramsey will be out for four to six weeks. I count six weeks.
"We are still trying to bring one body in because of Ramsey's setback and Flamini's suspension."