By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal are currently going through a period of "re-adaption" as the team tried to find a "new balance" without Robin van Persie spearheading the Gunners attack.
The Dutchman had scored eight goals in 15 Premier League games before sustaining knee ligament damage in Holland's international friendly with Italy last month.
Despite an initial expectation that Van Persie would suffer a six-week lay-off, more extensive damage to the ankle was found and the striker underwent reconstructive surgery which will keep him out of action for four to five months.
Arsenal have lost three of their four games since losing the Dutchman to injury and Wenger says that is partly because it sometimes takes time to adapt to losing a key member of the squad.
"There is always a little period of re-adaptation when such an important player is missing," said the manager. "A team needs to find a new balance.
"During this period sometimes you pay for it, but we have no choice.
"I believe we have enough quality to live with that, and we have a good opportunity to show that in the coming games."