4th place, Zip issues and multiple injuries have been constantly resonant with Arsene Wenger and his club over the past few seasons, and it has been no different this term. With the challenge of Galatasaray looming, a number of players have joined the treatment table following the exertions of the Tottenham game.
Now let take a look at who’s fit and who’s not for the Galatasaray game tomorrow
First, it has to be the Ramsey injury. The midfielder did his hamstring in the draw against Spurs on Saturday and is now set to miss the best part of 6 weeks at the earliest. Ramsey has been Wenger’s constant feature in midfield all through this season, and though there was a consensus that his levels had not reached the explosions of last season, he was still a key player in the middle of the park. He will not only miss the Champions League game, but will not be on the bus to Stamford Bridge for the Chelsea game this weekend.
Arteta and Wilshere also hurt themselves in that derby, and while the captain had to be substituted, Wilshere stayed on with the knock to his eternally troublesome ankle. Arteta has been ruled out of both Galatasaray and Chelsea while Wilshere is still being assessed as to the gravity of the knock. Wenger may be inclined not to risk him on Wednesday, opting for any of Rosicky, Diaby or Chamberlain in his place, while hoping he’ll be good enough for Chelsea. The prospect of any return of that which kept him out for a whole season in recent past is the stuff of nightmares for Wenger. This was supposed to be the season he finally got going after some many rollercoaster rides. Well, we hope it just hasn’t got bumpier.
Besides the impending return of Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry after the International Break, the only good news will probably be that Diaby has not got injured in training as he is now one of the options under consideration following the injuries to Ramsey, Arteta and the Wilshere concern. It’s also good that Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck do not have any issues, while Chamberlain seems not to have suffered any stress from the productive grafts he’s been making in recent games. Szeczney and Ospina are ok.
The impending catastrophe of injury to any of our back four is one not to be imagined. We have to play all three of our center halves as part of our only available back four in every game. Monreal, “who can play center back” is still out till sometime in October meaning we just have Gibbs as our left back. Debuchy and Olivier Giroud remain long term absentees while Sanogo’s issues remain a Mystery to all.
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