There have been many arguments between Arsenal fans as to whether we should have allowed Aaron Ramsey to leave the Emirates on a free transfer at the end of this season. One of the ongoing statements was that (like Jack Wilshere) Aaron spent too much time in the treatment room to warrant a massive pay rise, and the fact that he has only averaged around 25 games per season in his time here (and only 4 goals a season) seems to bear that theory out.
Today is press conference day and the latest Arsenal team news have been revealed with the only real concern being late fitness tests for defender Laurent Koscielny and midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka.
The on-loan Arsenal keeper David Ospina was injured in a collision while playing for Napoli against Udinese, but in spite of a cut to his head he carried on playing until he collapsed and was rushed to hospital.
Thus is how it was reported by Reuters….
With Arsenal’s excellent home record, we had high hopes of stopping Man United’s winning run last night, especially as we started with quite a strong defensive line-up with Sokratis and Koscielny in the middle and Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac on the flanks. But as usual, disaster struck after just twenty minutes when Sokratis landed awkwardly after an aerial dual with Jesse Lingard and was forced off and replaced by Mustafi.
Although Arsenal managed a fantastic win against Chelsea this weekend, It has not been all brightness and light after Hector Bellerin was stretchered off and the BBC has now confirmed that the injury is extremely serious and he will miss the rest of the season.
Poor Arsenal have been suffering desperately from injuries for so long we have forgotten what our proper defensive line-up should look like, but with a glut of very tough fixtures coming up it is great to see that our injury crisis could be coming to an end at last. Arsenal.com has finally reported that these Gunners are all now back in training….
It is definitely becoming too much of a habit lately as it looks like another Arsenal player gets injured in every single game we play at the moment. The latest addition is the Armenian Henrik Mhkitaryan, who fractured his metatarsal in the League cup game against Tottenham. He is not expected to return to full training for six weeks at least.
Every week we seem to be losing more players, andespecially members of the Arsenal defensive line-up. This week we have lost both Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin, and although Kolasinac may not be proved to be a long term problem, Bellerin is definitely out for at least another couple of weeks. Henrik Mhkitarayan also injured his right ankle and we are waiting for him to be assessed.