Arsenal and Unai Emery have been hit with a hugely untimely blow as their fixtures continue to come thick and fast.
The Armenia international had to be substituted at the halfway stage of their League Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
He missed the game at the weekend with Burnley and it has now been revealed that the 29-year-old will now be on the sidelines for the rest of the festive period.
It is believed that he could return back to training at the beginning of February in time for the game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
However, he will likely miss crucial games against Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League.
The news will come as a huge blow to Emery and Arsenal as Mkhitaryan has been a key figure for the Gunners at times this season.
The Armenian’s injury does not only come at an untimely moment for the Emirates Stadium outfit in terms of the fixtures but in terms of the number of players the club has available.
Arsenal already have key men unavailable for selection with injuries and Emery will be hopeful that his side can come through the festive period without too many troubles.
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