Arsenal dealt frustrating injury blow ahead of tonight’s West Ham clash

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Arsenal have confirmed Dani Ceballos will be absent for tonight’s London Derby against West Ham United.

The Spanish midfield suffered a hamstring injury at Vitoria on November 6 and hasn’t been seen since.

His creativity and tenacity from the middle of the park has been missed by both Unai Emery and Freddie Llungberg but it’s a boost for West Ham.

Ceballos looks set to be out of action until ‘mid-December’ at least, amidst the hectic winter period.

Arsenal included the news in a squad update on their official website, which included a suggestion that Rob Holding may overcome a knee problem in time.

Considering the difference he’s made at times this season, Ceballos’ absence can only be seen as a boost for West Ham’s chances of getting a result.

The forgettable night at Wolves in mid-week snatched away the high fans were on after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

However, another triumph against Arsenal at the London Stadium could not only stray the club further away from relegation but also buy Manuel Pellegrini more time.

It’s set to be a hotly-contested fixture between to teams with a huge point to prove and a bad result could leave either in a dismal position.

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