Sunday 24 September 2017

Gunners fear Ramsey could be out for a month

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal (right) holds off Kevin Nolan of West Ham United
Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal (right) holds off Kevin Nolan of West Ham United

Matt Law

Arsenal fear they will be without top scorer Aaron Ramsey for at least four weeks.

Ramsey was waiting last night for the results of a scan on the thigh injury he sustained in the 3-1 St Stephen's Day win against West Ham. Should the scan reveal a tear, then Ramsey could be out for six to eight weeks but Arsenal are hoping for confirmation that the injury is just a strain.

Losing Ramsey for any extended period of time is a blow to manager Arsene Wenger. The 23-year-old has been enjoying the best season of his career, scoring 13 goals in all competitions.

Arsenal play six games over the next month, starting tomorrow against Newcastle United at St James' Park. Jack Wilshere returns from suspension and central defender Laurent Koscielny is expected to be fit.

Ramsey's absence will put an even bigger burden on lone striker Olivier Giroud, who has not scored since November 23. Wenger ideally plans to rest Giroud at some point during the next week, with Arsenal facing three games in the space of six days.

Giroud will most likely sit out either the New Year's Day clash with Cardiff City or the FA Cup tie against Tottenham and Wenger must decide between Nicklas Bendtner and the fit-again Lukas Podolski to deputise.

Podolski stepped off the bench to create and score a goal against West Ham, and is thought to be seen as a genuine option to replace Giroud on a short-term basis by Wenger. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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