Pablo Mari will miss the rest of Arsenal’s campaign after suffering an ankle ligament injury during the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Wednesday, according to reports.
The 26-year-old had to be substituted in the 24th minute during the loss at the Etihad after pulling up in a race with City player Kyle Walker.
Mikel Arteta conceded after the game that Mari’s injury ‘did not look very good’.
And according to The Athletic, Mari is now set to miss the rest of Arsenal’s Premier League season and could even require surgery on his injured ankle.
The report also claims that Rob Holding, who has made played just nine matches for the Gunners this campaign, is in contention to feature for their game against Brighton on Saturday.
Mari signed for Arsenal on loan from Brazilian club Flamengo in the January window but the Gunners have the option to make the deal permanent for just £10m this summer.
Arsenal are also without Brazilian defender David Luiz for the next two games in the Premier League after his red card against City.
The former Chelsea player has also not agreed a new deal with Arsenal, and he could still leave the gunners when his current contract expires at the end of this month.
Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka also suffered an injury during the loss to City but The Athletic claims that the Swiss midfielder could make a return before the end of the campaign.
The defeat against Manchester City has left the gunners eight points behind Chelsea who are fourth on the league table.