Arsene Wenger says Aaron Ramsey is running again after picking up a hamstring injury at Southampton but the Wales international won’t play a part in any of Arsenal’s festive fixtures.
The 26-year-old pulled up late at Saint Mary’s and has already missed matches with West Ham and Newcastle.
He wasn’t expected to be part of the squad for tomorrow evening’s Carabao Cup clash with the Hammers but it is a blow that he can’t be called upon for Friday’s game with Liverpool and the tricky trips to Crystal Palace and West Brom.
“Ramsey was out running [on Monday] but he will not be back in the next 10 days,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “For him, the beginning of January is more likely.”
In more positive news, Shkodran Mustafi is available after limping off in the defeat to Manchester United. As is Theo Walcott, who’ll likely start tomorrow.
“Shkodran is back again. I will not use him on Tuesday but he’s available again.
“Theo is 100 per cent, he will play on Tuesday.”
Wenger also touched on his rotation policy for the next few weeks, making clear that he’ll have to rest some players who are teetering on the fabled ‘red zone’.
“Some players are a little bit on the edge,” he said.
“I think as well that we have so many quality players who did not start on Saturday, so you cannot say that you prefer to play a player who has played three games in six days to a guy who is at the same level and is completely fresh.
“The players who will start are basically all international players, so that’s why I think [squad rotation] makes sense.
“You have as well to show the trust and the confidence that we have in the players who did not start last week.”