Arsene Wenger says Aaron Ramsey suffered a calf strain during tonight’s 2-1 defeat to Watford.
The midfielder lasted only 20 minutes before being replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and while it’s too early to tell how long he’ll be sidelined, it’s fair to assume that the Welshman probably won’t be available for Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
“He has a calf strain,” Wenger confirmed in his post-game press conference. “We don’t know how long he’ll be out for yet.”
The injury drew a line under a pretty underwhelming cameo by Rambo who deflected Younes Kaboul’s free-kick past Petr Cech and was also guilty of surrendering possession in the build-up to the visitors’ second goal.
To be fair, he wasn’t the only player in red having a bit of a mare at the time…there were nine others giving him a run for his money.
Anyway, before the snide comments about Ramsey are posted by our angrier readers…we’d like to remind everyone that we’re very much in the midst of a midfield crisis.
Wilshere isn’t an option (stop your moaning at the back…yes, we know he probably should have stayed), Santi Cazorla is injured, Mohamed Elneny is in Gabon with Egypt and Granit Xhaka is banned for two games. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also picked up a knock this evening which left him hobbling about the pitch for a few minutes; he still completed the 90 minutes.
As things stand it’s the Ox and Coquelin in the centre of the park on Saturday; unless we decide to throw the Jeff and Ainsley Maitland-Niles into the mix. Hmm, probably not.