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Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Lucas Torreira picked up a muscle injury during Arsenal’s draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The in-form Uruguayan had a strong start to the game at Selhurst Park but was replaced by Matteo Guendouzi at half-time.
It came after the 23-year-old was involved in a clash with team-mate Nicolas Pepe during the first half, but was able to continue after receiving treatment.
However, Arteta later suggested that Torreira was forced off by a different issue on a frustrating afternoon for the Gunners’ boss.
“It’s a muscle injury,” he said after the game. “We will have to assess it with the doctors tomorrow or the day after then we will know more.
“When Matteo came on he was really good but obviously he (Torreira) has been in good form and given us a lot.
“But I had to get him off because he wasn’t feeling good.”
Arsenal have showed signs of improvement under Arteta in recent weeks and got off to a strong start against Palace through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 12th-minute opener.
The Gunners weren’t able to hold on to their lead, though, with Jordan Ayew pulling Roy Hodgson’s side level shortly after the start of the second half.
And things got even worse for the visitors as they were forced to end the game with 10 men after goalscorer Aubameyang was sent off with just over 20 minutes to go.
The Gunners’ captain was initially shown a yellow card by referee Paul Tierney for a reckless challenge on Max Meyer, but it was upgraded it to a straight red following a check by VAR.
And Arteta had no complaints with the decision after the match, adding: “I just watched it and it looked nasty, to be fair.
“Knowing Auba, there’s no intention to make such a tackle.
“Hopefully he (Meyer) hasn’t been injured and we are sorry for that. The decision was made and we have to accept it.
On the prospect of being without his team’s top scorer for the next three matches, the Spaniard continued: “That’s a massive blow.
“We know how important Auba is for the team. Maybe we’re going to lose him for a couple of games.”
The result leaves Arsenal 10th in the Premier League, 11 points adrift of the top four ahead of next week’s game against Sheffield United.