Arsenal have been struck by another injury blow, as Aaron Ramsey picked up an injury during the match between Liverpool and Arsenal, which went 4-3 in favour of Liverpool.
The midfielder will be out until after the first international break. Ramsey’s absence may hurt Arsenal, especially as he was in good form for Wales in the recently concluded Euro 2016.
Ramsey will miss Sunday’s game against 2015-16 Premier league champions Leicester City. He will also miss the game against Watford, and his national team Wales’ World Cup qualification match against Moldova on September 5th.
There are hopes of Ramsey being in contention to make it to the squad for Arsenal’s home game against Southampton on the 10th of September.
Aaron Ramsey was taken off in the 61st minute in the home match against Liverpool. His substitution occurred shortly after Iwobi’s, as he was taken off with a thigh strain which is still being assessed.
The loss of Ramsey follows pre-season injuries of Per Mertesacker, Gabriel and Jack Wilshere, as well as the existing long-term absence of Danny Welbeck.
The German is not expected to return until new year, and with Gabriel out until October, signing a central defender should be among the top priorities for manager Arsene Wenger.
Ramsey’s injury is a setback to Arsenal after his wonderful Euro performances, but Arsenal still have enough options in midfield. The Egyptian midfielder El Neny, Frenchman Francis Coquelin, and Switzerland international Granit Xhaka can all play in the middle of the park.
Santi Cazorla, who came on as a substitute in the match against Liverpool, can play in the heart of midfield too.
Wenger admitted after the Liverpool game that he had fast-tracked Ramsey’s return, even though his last match at Euro 2016 for Wales had been more than six weeks ago.
He said: “I pushed Ramsey in and he got injured. It’s a very difficult situation to sort out because the players come back late because of the Euros and, on top of that, you play them and they get injured. If you don’t play them you miss them.”