After the final whistle the twittersphere went into overdrive with rumours of an Aaron Ramsey injury setback, and Arsene Wenger has confirmed the Welshman suffered a re-occurrence of the thigh strain that has seen the inform midfielder miss all of the New Year fixtures.
The Gunners drew 2-2 on a disappointing night against Southampton and are set to lose Mathieu Flamini for three games with a suspension after his straight red card. With Wilshere, Rosicky and Ramsey all struggling with injuries, not to mention Arteta’s sloppiness after just returning to training this week, Wenger’s midfield appear significantly depleted.
Wenger confirmed the Ramsey injury news in his post-match press conference:
Aaron Ramsey is out for longer than we expected because he had a little setback in training yesterday. So I couldn’t bring him here. It’s the same muscle he did a bit again so we have to be cautious this time.
The length of his absence is still not confirmed, we hope to bring you more news soon. But reports have suggested the midfielder will miss a further 4-6 weeks of action.
With crucial ties against Palace, Liverpool and United coming up next, Wenger’s squad will be stretched. February is set to be a grueling month with FA Cup and UCL commitments too, meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain will most likely have to start against Palace unless Rosicky or Wilshere make quick returns.