Arsenal fans are sick and tired but also well used to having a long list of players on the sidelines due to injury problems and this season has been no different so far. But at least we are not alone this time, as our big Premier League rivals for a top four finish, Manchester United, are even worse off than Arsenal at the minute.
And their latest casualty gives the Gunners a great chance to put them to the sword when Louis van Gaal and his players arrive at the Emirates next Saturday. Their Spanish international keeper David De Gea has been arguably their best player this season. He has certainly been the most important as he has rescued them from countless dismal defensive showings with a string of top class saves.
But he will not be able to help them against the Gunners, who with the likes of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez will be bound to trouble the United goal, because the keeper has dislocated his finger on international duty and could miss up to four weeks of football.
We do have our own defensive problems, of course, and we are still sweating on the fitness of Laurent Koscielny. But if that game is to be all about attack and a question of who can score more, then the absence of De Gea is a massive boost for Arsenal.