Arsenal have been boosted by the news that Villarreal will be missing two key defenders for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final at Highbury on Wednesday.
Gonzalo Rodriguez and Juan Manuel Pena both picked up muscular injuries in the 1-0 defeat at Barcelona on Friday and neither will now play in North London.
Rodriguez, who has been particularly impressive this term, was forced off after 19 minutes of the game at Camp Nou and although Pena managed to play the full 90 minutes, he too has been ruled out.
The news will be a major headache for Villarreal boss Manuel Pellegrini who is already without the services of first-choice keeper Sebastian Viera through suspension.
The Chilean coach has called on his squad players to rise to the challenge with a major defensive reshuffle now on the cards.
"I expect maximum effort from my reserve players because this kind of match will be decisive for our season," he stated.