Today was not a good day for Gunners fans. Not only did we draw with Tottenham in the North London Derby; despite dominating for large portions of the game we conceded the lead and had to come from behind to salvage a point. The Spurs will undoubtedly be thrilled with their point at the Emirates, and Arsenal will be left wondering what could have been.
Aside from the result, another point of concern was the injuries suffered by our players; two substitutions had to be made in the first half itself as both Arteta and Ramsey were unable to continue after picking up knocks. Wilshere also struggled after what appeared to be a rough challenge and also had to be taken off in the second half.
When Wenger addressed the media during the post match conference, a lot of the questions were understandably about the injuries, and how long they would sideline the players. Already suffering from an injury crisis in the defence, the last thing Arsenal need right now is another crisis in the midfield.
When asked about the injuries:
I don’t know how long they’ll be out.
I think Ramsey is a hamstring [injury] and Arteta is a calf. Wilshere [has] an ankle [problem].
Both Wilshere and Ramsey have spent long spells on the sidelines due to injuries in the past, but Wenger said he was not overly concerned about them as of now.
Not constantly. Wilshere, if you look at the incident again, has been tackled and turned his ankle over. Ramsey is a concern that he did his hamstring. I don’t understand because he had a good rest this week, I didn’t play him against Southampton on Tuesday night. It’s a surprise because he’s usually a resistant boy.
But in a major piece of bad news, Wenger did confirm that Arteta and Ramsey would be out for sure during the fixture against League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next week. Wilshere could still feature, but it remains touch-and-go for the England international.
Wilshere, I don’t know. The two others are out for Chelsea for sure.
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Suddenly we are short because if we lost three players today, and let’s not forgot that we already have two out long-term plus Walcott, that’s six. Diaby is not ready so it starts to become a worry.
And not just Chelsea, Arsenal host Galatasaray in the second fixture of the group stages of the Champions League on Wednesday. That is also a must win game for the Gunners after their loss to Dortmund in Germany. With a total of six players ruled out, that puts immense stress on the rest of the team, and Wenger needs to come up with something fast if he is to keep the Arsenal challenge on track.