Arsenal had no luck with injuries in the North London derby on Saturday and one of them, at least, has turned out to be pretty serious.
Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, according to reports from the Guardian, has pulled his hamstring following scans to assess the injury in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw vs. Tottenham and will be out for over a month.
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That means Ramsey will miss Arsenal’s top of the table clash with Chelsea next Sunday, as well as their midweek Champions League game against Galatasaray plus Wales’ crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Bosnia in October. As for Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s two other central midfielders who were also injured against Spurs, the prognosis is slightly more promising as Arteta’s calf strain will keep him out for a maximum of three weeks and Wilshere could return this Sunday against Chelsea.
Losing Ramsey will be a big blow for Arsene Wenger, especially with the clash away at London rivals Chelsea coming up, as we all saw how much Arsenal missed him down the stretch last season after a thigh injury stopped him in his tracks amid the form of his life.
Ramsey’s latest injury should hopefully see him back just after the international break in late October but the Gunners cannot afford to keep losing their top players to injury. Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all missing for large chunks of last season as the Gunners fell from top spot halfway through the 2013-14 campaign to scrapping for fourth place in the final few weeks.
This season, which is just six games old, they have already lost French internationals Olivier Giroud and Matheiu Debuchy to lengthy ankle injuries and both players are out until January at the earliest.
With big investment over the summer in strikers, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, the area Arsenal looked to be well-stocked in, midfield, is suddenly depleted.
Arsene Wenger must be cursing his luck, but what exactly are the North London club doing, or not doing, to see their players suffer so many injuries?