Things are looking bleak as Arsene Wenger gives an injury update on midfield trio after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham…
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given an injury update after his side’s 1-1 draw with arch rivals Tottenham. Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, and Jack Wilshere all picked up knocks, with the midfield trio being a vital part of the Arsenal engine room it is a terrible blow for the Gunners.
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Mikel Arteta was taken off early on in the first half after suffering a calf injury, While Jack Wilshere looked certain to go off after taking a nasty kick to the ankle from Danny Rose. The England international remained on the pitch however, and wasn’t substituted until mid way through the second half.
Aaron Ramsey was also forced off after incurring a hamstring injury, the Welshman replaced just before half time. The three Arsenal men all play in the heart of midfield, and if they remain sidelined for long Arsene Wenger could be faced with a serious problem.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Arsene Wenger said, “I don’t know how long they’ll be out. I think Ramsey is a hamstring and Arteta is a calf. Wilshere [has] an ankle [problem].”
When asked if the trio would miss Arsenal’s trip to Chelsea, he responded, “Wilshere, I don’t know. The two others are out for Chelsea for sure.”
Arsenal do have Tomas Rosicky and the recently returned to fitness Abou Diaby available, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can also play in the centre of midfield, but with so many players out injured already Arsenal are starting to face a real crisis.
With a midweek game against Turkish side Galatasary in the Champions League followed by Chelsea at the weekend, Arsene Wenger would normally be expected to rotate a little. With injuries as they are however, he may struggle to put out a full starting 11 never mind starting to think about rotation.
Arsenal’s seasons have often been destroyed by injuries, but rarely have they had so many at such an early stage. Currently sitting fourth in the table, their lack of depth could soon start to drastically affect any title challenge they may have been hoping to mount.