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Arsenal have been hit with a major injury blow ahead of this evening's massive game against Leicester City.

That is hardly good news for Unai Emery, who is coming under increasing pressure as head coach.

The Spaniard takes his side to the King Power Stadium to face a team who currently sit in third place in the Premier League table having enjoyed a good start to the season.

Worryingly for the Gunners is that the Foxes are yet to be beaten at home this season and that could be ominous for Emery's side as they are still struggling away from home.

Victory is vital for the north London outfit and it's a game they can't afford to lose as they would find themselves nine points behind Brendan Rodgers' side which means the pressure is firmly on Emery to get his side firing again.

To do so, a fully fit squad would be a big boost to Arsenal, but they do have some injuries to contend with. Take a look at the latest news from the treatment room at London Colney below.

The midfielder was forced off early in the second half of the Europa League clash against Vitoria with what looked like a hamstring strain.

Ceballos pulled up while closing down an opponent and was replaced by Matteo Guendouzi in the 54th minute, despite appearing to want to continue.

Speaking after the match, Unai Emery didn't seem confident that the midfielder would be back in time for the trip to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

And his concerns were confirmed on Friday afternoon as Ceballos was ruled out of the game.

Reiss Nelson picked up a ligament injury in his left knee, sustained during the Standard Liege match on October 3.

But after Emery confirmed that Nelson was expected to return to training in "a few days", the youngster got some minutes under his belt for the Under-23's side against Tottenham on Friday night.

The winger travelled with the squad to face Vitoria on Wednesday, and was fit enough to be named on the bench for the match, although he didn't get any minutes on the pitch.

The Arsenal midfielder was left out of the squad to face Wolves, but this is understood to be a decision made by Unai Emery, rather than injury enforced.

Explaining on Friday, Emery said: "The focus is tomorrow’s match. It’s not in my mind that he will play tomorrow. It’s not in my mind that he will play tomorrow.

"He’s not in my mind. I think that tomorrow, he is not going to play."

Xhaka posted a picture of himself working in the gym during the game on Saturday.

The midfielder was also left out of the squad to face Vitoria, but this is also understood to be a decision made by Emery, rather than an injury

The Arsenal head coach confirmed before the game that Xhaka has been stripped of the captaincy, if he is drafted back into the squad for the match against Leicester is still to be seen.

The midfielder was not named in Arsenal's injury update on Tuesday, but Smith Rowe did not travel with the squad to Portugal.

football.london understands this is a precaution due to a tight calf muscle, and the 19-year-old will be assessed ahead of the Leicester clash.

Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka were both substituted in the second half against Vitoria, but no injury has been reported so the duo should be available to face Leicester.

Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, David Luiz and Calum Chambers were all not named in the squad against Vitoria, but this is understood to be an enforced rest, rather than an injury, and all should be fit for the trip to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.