Arsenal’s hopes of successfully prosecuting this weekend’s League battle with Newcastle is hanging in the balance, with the news of two major injury concerns to star players, Aaron Ramsey and Mattiue Flamini.
Both players were part of the more regular crop in second string side that travelled to Istanbul for the final group of this season’s Champions League campaign against Galatasaray. Ramsey helped himself with a well-taken brace while Flamini was his midfield partner during that emphatic first half. They were, however, nowhere to be found after the players had returned from the break, replaced by youngsters Gedion Zelalam and 17-year old first-team debutant, Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
It appeared at the time that the manager had chosen to give Ramsey a further 45 minutes rest for Newcastle while safety was the concern for Flamini, having already been booked. Wenger has now confirmed that both had picked up strains – Ramsey with a tight hamstring and Flamini with a kick in his calf – in that first half and needed to be managed to avoid any aggravated injuries.
We simply cannot afford any more injuries this season, certainly not with the concatenation of fixtures to come over the next three weeks. Certainly not just a few days before we face Alan Pardew and his motivated boys. Fresh from their crushing of Chelsea’s ambitions to keep up with the Invincibles, Newcastle will pose another strong challenge for us on Saturday and anything less than a full strength XI from us will present them with another opportunity to continue their recent amazing run.
It is rather strange that we are now so short in midfield as this was the one area where we have been well stocked for a while now. The absences of Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil have increased reliance on Flamini and Ramsey as the obvious choices on every match day and any news of injuries about them will stir nothing but real concern within the Arsenal camp. Flamini may not be a gooner’s dream Matic, but we’ve had to rely on him to do a job or two, even getting us a penalty against Stoke. It’ll be the injury to the other man who had another impact at Stoke that will be more of a disturbance.
In magnified scales of Sanogo’s awed impression, the internet was replete with screams of breathlessness at the Welshman’s sensational goal at Istanbul – his 4th in 5 games in that City. Ramsey has tried to force himself back into form this season since his return from injury, and though Wenger had asked him to keep calm, the 23-year old’s desire has continued to push him. And, duly, the results have begin to come through. Three goals in his last, not forgetting the late assist against Southampton, are signs enough that, like more than a zillion tweeters affirmed,
RAMSEY IS BACK!
Thankfully, they were taken out and we hope the precaution has served as the complete medication, and they should be available for Newcastle and Pardew.
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