Thursday 13 December 2018

Injury blow for Arsenal as Kolasinac to miss eight weeks while Ramsey in fitness race for start of season

West Ham’s Ireland youth international Declan Rice challenges Sead Kolasinac
West Ham’s Ireland youth international Declan Rice challenges Sead Kolasinac
Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg - Arsenal vs Ostersunds FK - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - February 22, 2018 Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac will miss eight to 10 weeks with a knee injury, the Premier League club have announced.

The 25-year-old left-back was forced off during Wednesday's pre-season match against Chelsea in Dublin.

Arsenal also confirmed midfielder Aaron Ramsey is struggling with tightness in his right calf but is aiming to train next week.

Alex Iwobi has signed a long-term contract at Arsenal, the Premier League club have announced.

The Nigeria forward came through the ranks with the Gunners and is now just two appearances short of 100 having made his debut in 2015.

Iwobi, 22, scored three goals in 26 league games under Arsene Wenger last season and has now extended his stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Following Wenger's departure, questions were raised over whether Iwobi would be sold over the summer.

But new head coach Unai Emery confirmed on the recent pre-season tour of Singapore that the forward was close to agreeing fresh terms.

Iwobi, the nephew of Nigeria great Jay-Jay Okocha, appeared in three of his country's World Cup matches in Russia.

Emery, whose side start their Premier League season against champions Manchester City next weekend, is happy to have him tied down to a new deal.

"I'm very pleased Alex has signed a new contract with us," he said in the club's announcement.

"He is a great example of a player who can succeed from the academy through hard work and I look forward to working with him and our other talented young players in the squad."

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