Gunners left to sweat on key duo’s fitness ahead of north London derby, while German striker will definitely be absent.
Arsenal suffered a triple injury blow despite overcoming Fenerbache 5-0 on aggregate in their Uefa Champions League qualifying playoff at the Emirates on Tuesday night, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The north London club made it through to the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition for the 16th season in a row under head coach Arsene Wenger, after seeing off the Turkish giants 2-0 in their second-leg clash in the capital thanks to goals in each half from midfield player Aaron Ramsey.
However, that crucial win has ultimately come at a cost, with goalscoring hero Ramsey, as well as Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere, all suffering knocks during the match.
The most serious of the three injured players is Germany international Podolski, whose damaged his hamstring and will now be out of action for at least three weeks, meaning the forward will not be available for the club’s huge north London derby with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Wales international Ramsey was also forced to leave the field late on clutching his groin, with Wenger later confirming in his post-match press conference that the player is a doubt for the Premier League clash with Spurs.
But there was better news on playmaker Wilshere, who was seen clutching his dodgy ankle during the tie, although the Frenchman said that he did not think the problem to be too serious.