A big blow for Gunners fans this morning, as reports on the injuries suffered by our midfielders are starting to surface. Wilshere, Ramsey and Arteta all came off injured during Saturday’s game against the Spurs, and Wenger had hinted in his post match conference that they could be out for a while.
According to the Sun, it is bad news on the Ramsey front, with the Welshman set to be sidelined for up to six weeks with a pulled hamstring. This is serious news for an Arsenal team that is still struggling to reach the form of last season. Ramsey was a major player in the first half of that season, and to lose him, especially with a crucial fixture against Chelsea coming up, is a big blow.
As for Arteta, the club captain is reportedly out for at least two weeks. He went down with a calf problem in the first half and was replaced with Mathieu Flamini. With some luck, the Spaniard should be back after the international break; however, he will also miss the fixture at Stamford Bridge.
The only bit of good news this morning is about Jack Wilshere. The Englishman’s injury is not as bad as was feared, and he might even be available for selection for the midweek clash against Galatasaray. However, this is his second injury scare in the past couple of weeks, and his fitness is a matter of concern for the team.
When Wenger brought in Shad Forsythe over the summer, it was seen as a smart move by many. The fitness coach had worked with World Champions Germany during their campaign in Brazil, and his expertise seemed to be exactly what was needed to help Arsenal deal with their frequent injury problems. However, it looks like he has his work cut out for him, with six members of the squad already laid up only a few weeks into the season.