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Jan 29, 2014

Arteta unfazed by Arsenal injuries

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has said he does not believe dwindling midfield options could derail the club's trophy challenges.

• McNicholas: Sloppy Arsenal escape defeat

FA Cup and Premier League clashes against Liverpool, a meeting with Manchester United and a Champions League date with Bayern Munich are all on the horizon for Arsenal, with the games coming amid concerns over the fitness of Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere.

Manager Arsene Wenger has hinted he could make a move in the transfer market, with Mathieu Flamini also sidelined after receiving his second red card of the season in the 2-2 draw at Southampton on Tuesday.

Arsenal appear to be running short of midfielders -- but the returning Arteta is convinced they can cope.

"It happens, and we have to deal with it," he said. "The schedule is really busy now. We have some really tough games coming up in the next two weeks, and we have to do our best.

"We had many options, but that is one problem that we have had in the last few weeks -- we have had a lot of injuries, losing Theo Walcott for a long time, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is just coming back... too many.

"Tomas Rosicky as well was out for a couple of weeks, so we are a bit short at the moment but hopefully we can get people back. We can't do anything [about other teams] -- it doesn't depend on us. There is a long way to go."

Meanwhile, Wenger has said he believes the Gunners contributed to their own frustrations as they dropped two points on the south coast.

"Maybe we switched off for a moment when we scored for 2-1, and that’s the regret I have," he told Arsenal’s official website.

"A double regret -- the first is we conceded the second goal quickly and secondly we were down to 10 men.

"That made it very difficult, but I must give credit to my team -- we responded very well in the second half.

"I think more than looking at Man City, Chelsea and others, it's better we focus on our performances and push on."

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