Yaya Sanogo didn't join Arsenal on their pre-season trip to New York, leading to plenty of questions from fans, but it has now been revealed the young striker is carrying an injury and was left out as a precaution.
Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after the Gunners' loss to New York Red Bulls, and he confirmed Sanogo had a thigh problem, via Arsenal's official website.
"Sanogo didn't come because he had a little thigh problem and we didn't want to take a gamble," said Wenger.
Wenger tried to downplay the severity of the injury, and the club didn't release any additional information.
While the news Sanogo wouldn't be part of Arsenal's squad initially led to speculation regarding a potential loan move for the striker, the news of his injury completely flipped the script.
The Gunners don't have a lot of depth at the position, and losing any of the available forwards for an extended period of time could spell disaster. The lack of depth even led to speculation from Sky Sports News about a potential Thierry Henry reunion:
Thierry Henry meets up with Arsenal in New Jersey - what are the chances of the striker returning for a third spell in North London? #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 25, 2014
Sanogo's Arsenal-career has gotten off to a rocky start, as the Frenchman is yet to score a Premier League goal. This latest injury won't help his cause.
However, if the problem is a minor one, as Wenger claims, there's no reason to think it will affect his 2014-15 campaign.