Arsenal have been handed another injury blow ahead of Monday's clash against Bournemouth with news that Jack Wilshere's recovery from injury is going slower than expected.
Wilshere suffered a fractured fibula in May and underwent surgery in September and the hope was that he would be returning in February, but the midfielder's rehabilitation has not gone according to plan.
At the press conference ahead of Monday's Premier League match, Arsene Wenger admitted he is unsure when Wilshere will recover.
"I said February but honestly I don't know," Wenger said. "I let him do his recovery. It's going slowly. Once he goes again, goes outside to train, once he is back again into sharp, hard work physically, you count five or six weeks, so at the moment he is not there yet."
Arsenal are down to their bare bones in midfield with Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky all also sidelined by injury.
Rumours have surface that Wenger will look to reinforce his squad in that area in January with Basel's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny being touted as the most likely addition.