Following the injury picked up during the win over Chelsea, it’s been confirmed that Hector Bellerin will miss the rest of this season and even some of next season.

He’ll need an operation and will miss around nine months after rupturing his knee ligaments, and Arsenal confirmed:

“Further to the injury sustained during our match against Chelsea on Saturday, we can confirm that Hector has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. Hector will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months and therefore rules Hector out of action for the remainder of this season…”

It’s pretty much the same injury as Rob Holding suffered earlier in the season and this now leaves Holding, Bellerin and Danny Welbeck as our long term absentees.

In slightly better news, Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be back in training next week, and its thought that should Emery not venture into the transfer market to try and replace Bellerin, he could put his faith in Lichtsteiner, Maitland-Niles and Carl Jenkinson for the time being.

The games now begin to come thick and fast, and with games against Man United, Man City and Spurs on the horizon, Emery needs to sort out our depleted squad, and fast.