Last night was a famous and fantastic one for Arsenal fans, as Arsene Wenger and the players produced a great game to beat a brilliant Bayern Munich side. But it was not without cost, as our Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey had to be replaced early on in the second half.
It has now been revealed that Rambo has another hamstring problem and although we do not know yet just how bad it is or how long it will keep him in the treatment room, it does not sound good. As reported by Sky Sports, the 24-year old is pretty down about his latest injury as the same sort of thing affected him a number of times last season and as he finally managed to open his goal scoring account in the Premier League win over Watford, the timing of this is terrible for him.
The manager said, “He is alright but very down because he told me that his hamstring is quite a tough one. He is out.”
The last time Ramsey´s hamstring went he missed three weeks but the time before that he was out for twice as long, so how will this injury blow affect the Gunners and our chances in the EPL title race and Champions League?
It all depends on who replaces him, how well they perform and whether Arsenal will be able to keep up the recent run without him. Ramsey is not really a typical wide player but he does offer a lot to the team with his intelligence, ability, link up play, goal threat and tireless work rate.
With Jack Wilshere unavailable, I assume that Wenger will turn to Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right as he did last night. The England international could do with a run of games and he can certainly have an influence. With Bellerin and the Ox we will have some fearsome pace down the right and that could prove to be a potent weapon.
Next up for Arsenal is the visit of Everton and they will be without their best left back Leighton Baines and his mate Steven Pienaar and that should help us to not suffer from Ramsey´s absence. The trip to SWansea and their possession game the following weekend and the trip to Munich to face Bayern again might see us miss the Welshman a bit more though.
How badly do you think this injury blow will affect Arsenal?