First of all Arsenal fans, I cannot believe our luck on the injury front. And just like last season, they all seem to come in the same areas at the same time. First it was the defence, losing Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy within the first few games and now it is the midfield Arsenal players dropping like flies.
But in the cold light of day, I don’t think the loss of Mikel Arteta for a couple of weeks and Aaron Ramsey for a month, according to physioroom.com, is necessarily as bad as it first looks.
For one thing, the international break is approaching so that gives us nearly two weeks without a game anyway. As the Arsenal captain is due back after that, he is only out for the next two games and surely Flamini would get the nod for an away game with Chelsea anyway. So realistically, the Spaniard will only miss the home game with Galatasaray this week.
Rambo’s return date is supposedly the 1st of November, meaning the Welshman would also miss the home clash with Hull City and the trips to Anderlecht and Sunderland. Not ideal of course, but still games we should be able to win without him. Especially if the attacking threat starting to come from Ozil, Welbeck and Alexis keeps building. We do have some options, with Flamini, Wilshere, Chamberlain and possibly Chambers.
And to be fair, Rambo has not really found his form yet and neither has Arteta. Jack Wilshere has been the better player so far and if he stays fit, I don’t think Arsenal will miss the other pair too badly. But that is a big if the way things are going for us. Jack is due to have a late test on his ankle for the Champions League game but it sounds optimistic and then it is Chelsea followed by an international break. So cross your fingers Gooners.