Arsene Wenger says he’s worried by the fact Aaron Ramsey seems to have suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury for the third time this season, but has denied suggestions he’s overplayed the midfielder.
The Welshman was called into action this evening in the 72nd minute as the Gunners tried to get a hold on a game which was tilting Leicester’s way in terms of momentum, but had to leave the field less than 10 minutes later.
Speaking after the game, Wenger admitted he had been torn between using Ramsey or Flamini and plumped for the former because he’d offer the team more going forward.
“It was not the best of decisions,” he said ruefully afterwards. “I don’t know how bad it is yet. Just visually, it didn’t look good.
“When a guy stops straight away and sits down, that’s not good news. There’s a recurrence now of a few muscular injuries and it’s difficult – we haven’t found out why.
“I basically left him out today because I wanted to be cautious with him. I had to bring him on – I had a hesitation between Flamini and him – because we lacked a a bit of offensive power.
“He’s not overplayed. Before I never looked at him, I just played him in every game but since he’s had these problems I’m a bit more cautious with him.”
With Alexis Sanchez going off too, it will add to the injury worries ahead of the FA Cup game on Sunday and with the Champions League looming.
“Sanchez got a knock on his knee,” said Wenger. “I don’t think he was himself. From the moment he got this knock, he was never really comfortable. I was ready to take him off at half-time but he said, ‘no it’s okay, I can go on’.
“I don’t know for how long he will be out, or whether he will be out or not.”
Fingers crossed on both counts.