Arsenal were dealt more bad news today after captain Cesc Fabregas was ruled out for four months after rupturing knee ligaments against Liverpool on Sunday.
Fabregas picked up the injury in a 50/50 challenge with Xabi Alonso, and will now miss a good chunk of the rest of Arsenal's season, including the two games in the Champions League with Roma, but he could possibly return for the quarter final should Arsenal progress.
The news may well prompt manager Arsene Wenger to buy new players in the January transfer window. Fabregas has missed a select number of games this season either through injury or through suspension, and Arsenal have not performed well in his absence, so an experienced playmaker in midfield is essential to hold the side together.
No names have come up straight away as possible targets, but Wenger needs to get going from next Thursday (Jan. 1) and bed the new arrivals in before Arsenal's first league game of 2009 against Bolton Wanderers on Jan. 10.