With Arsenal fans seemingly losing faith in Arsenal Wenger, the last thing that the manager needs now is his best player to be on the injured list for the next three weeks.
After defeats against Tottenham and Braga, a continuation of this form will put Wenger’s job in even greater jeopardy and he could be massively priced at 40/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave their job.
Although it is unlikely that Wenger will be sacked by the Arsenal board because of his 14 years of service, there is every chance he may feel the urge to resign in the coming weeks if results do not improve.
Wenger desperately needs a result away at Aston Villa next, but he will have to get one without Cesc Fabregas, who picked up another hamstring injury against Braga.
The injury is troubling the Spaniard on the other leg to the one that has hindered his campaign to date and this has left it slightly more unclear how long he will be sidelined for, with the general consensus being just under a month.
Fabregas was inspirational against Villa last season at the Emirates, playing a 20-minute cameo in the second half, during which time he scored twice.
Some cynics may suggest that the absence of Fabregas may actually be beneficial to Arsenal, as he has looked a shadow of his former self for a large percentage of this season.
There could be a number of reasons for this, including that he has not ever been fully fit, he is still down after not sealing a move to Barcelona in the summer or that he has not settled back into club football after Spain won the World Cup.
Yet despite his lack of form, everything at Arsenal still goes through Fabregas and an enforced change to this mentality against Villa could prove necessary to turn a corner.
Arsenal are 6/5 to beat Aston Villa and have not lost at Villa Park in the Premier League in the last 11 seasons.