Arsenal Boss Offers Injury Update On Ramsey, Sanchez, Welbeck & Koscielny
Arsene Wenger has offered an update on the fitness of Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.
Arsenal slumped to a controversial 2-1 defeat at Watford this evening and to make matters worse it looks like our injury problems are mounting again.
There were two big names missing when the team sheets were announced an hour before kick off with Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez both omitted from the squad.
Speaking to reporters shortly before kick off, Arsene Wenger revealed that both Ramsey and Sanchez are suffering from muscle problems so they weren’t risked at Vicarage Road this evening.
Ramsey suffered World Cup heartache with Wales last week while Sanchez received some rough treatment from Brazil as Chile also crashed out at the qualifying stage and it seems the pair must have picked up a couple of knocks.
Thankfully the boss described the injuries as minor so the duo shouldn’t be out for too long but it’s safe to say they were sorely missed today as we lacked creativity against Watford.
Wenger is quoted as saying by the Metro.
‘Both (Ramsey and Alexis) had muscular alerts they are not very bad but too short for today.’
Danny Welbeck returned to the starting line-up after recovering from a groin injury that saw him miss our last five games before the international break.
However, the attacker failed to complete the ninety minutes as Welbeck was forced off midway through the second half and Wenger says he’s now picked up a hamstring injury.
Laurent Koscielny made his comeback today after overcoming an Achilles problem but the defender also limped off towards the end after suffering a calf issue.
After the defeat, the boss is quoted as saying by Football London:
Welbeck – Hamstring. I don’t really know because everyone is shocked – it looks muscular. Koscielny is a [calf] muscular problem.
The injury problems compound what was another hugely frustrating game as a controversial penalty gifted Watford the chance to make it 1-1 after Per Mertesacker had given us a first half lead.
Tom Cleverley then slammed home a stoppage time winner to consign Arsenal to their third away defeat of the season as we missed the chance to move in to the top four.
Let’s hope the injuries aren’t serious as we have a pivotal run of games coming up that will see us take on the likes of Everton, Man City, Tottenham and Man Utd.
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