Danny Welbeck is set for another two weeks on the sidelines as the Arsenal striker continues to nurse a thigh injury.
The England international has not featured for the Gunners since the 2-1 win over West Ham United back on 28 December.
Speaking at his weekly news conference on Friday, gaffer Arsene Wenger revealed that he expects the 24-year-old to be out for around another fortnight.
Wenger also revealed that midfielder Mikel Arteta could be back available in around six weeks after undergoing ankle surgery this week.
The Spaniard was initially thought to be set for a spell of around three months on the sidelines, but Wenger is hopeful that theArsenal captain could return sooner than that.
Meanwhile, Mathieu Debuchy is set for another three-month spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a dislocated shoulder this week.
The French right-back suffered the injury early on during the 3-0 win over Stoke City last weekend.
However, there was some good news for the Gunners heading into Sunday’s trip to The Etihad, with Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott all available.
Arsenal faced a lot of injury problems throughout this season due to which the gunners are currently place at 5th spot on the table.