Poor Arsene Wenger. Three games to go in the Barclays Premier League, and down two of his top players.
Both Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta are out of the remaining fixtures due to injuries.
Walcott suffered a hamstring injury in the recent match against Chelsea, meaning he will be out of action for about three weeks.
Arteta suffered an ankle injury in during the encounter against Wigan, putting him out for the remainder of the season also.
So its decision time, who should go on the pitch against Stoke in their place.
For Walcott, the top choices for his replacement seem to be: Benayoun, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho
Oxdale-Chamberlain would be my preference. Sure he is young, just 18, and had a bad one recently, but his quality overall is very impressive. He put in some wonderful performances in recent games, some might even say world class. For now, I forgive him for an occasional bad game, so long as it remains a rarity.
For Arteta, it looks like the choices are Coquelin, Ramsey, and Diaby.
Here Diaby gets my vote. The biggest worry about Diaby is he seems to be a running disaster when it comes to injuries, he has been injured so many times in the past. Looking back, there is a big argument to say that he has just been terribly unlucky, and that’s all behind now. He has proved that he has the right style and the right skills, in fact he is just the type of player that Arsene needs right now. Just be a little bit more careful please Diaby.