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Wenger Gives Update On Wilshere, Podolski & Ramsey Injuries Ahead Of Spurs Clash

Arsenal beat Fenerbache 2-0 on Tuesday night but Lukas Podolski, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere all picked up injuries. Read what Arsene Wenger had to say here.

Lukas Podolski

Arsenal cruised through to the group stages of the Champions League after a 2-0 victory over Fenerbache on Tuesday night sealed a 5-0 aggregate win.

However, the game came at a cost as Lukas Podolski, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere all picked up injuries and are now doubts to face rivals Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday.

Speaking after the game, boss Arsene Wenger gave his initial response to the injuries and confirmed that striker Podolski will definitely miss the weekends clash after being ruled out for at least three weeks with a hamstring strain.

Ramsey is also a major doubt after being withdrawn late on with a groin problem but Wenger is hopeful Wilshere will be fit to start despite hobbling towards the end with an ankle knock after receiving some rough challenges from the visitors throughout the game.

Wenger told Arsenal.com:

on injuries…

That’s the negative of tonight. We paid a heavy price on the injury front because we lost Podolski. I don’t know how bad Ramsey is. I don’t know how Wilshere responds to an ankle problem. We have to check that [on Wednesday] morning.

on the fouls at the end of the game…

Yes, the two tackles on Wilshere were disappointing. I cannot change it now. He looks alright. Podolski is definitely out for 21 days and Ramsey we have to check how severe his groin is tomorrow.

on if he considered replacing Wilshere…

I wanted to take him off. Yes, of course. I would have played with 10 men. We were 2-0 up. They had to score five goals in 10 minutes. I think even with 10 minutes, we could have avoided that!

on if Wilshere wanted to play on…

He wanted to go on, yes.

on if Wilshere and Ramsey will feature at the weekend…

Jack should be alright for Sunday and I’m hopeful on Aaron as well. I don’t know how bad it is. I took Ramsey off with three or four minutes to go but I don’t know how bad it is. I haven’t seen him yet.

on if he made the decision to take Ramsey off…

Yes. He wanted to stay on.

Injuries are the last thing Arsenal needed with several members of the first team squad already on the treatment table as they prepare to welcome their north London rivals to the Emirates, and the latest setbacks will no doubt increase calls for Wenger to bring in reinforcements before the weekend.

How are Arsenal fans feeling after seeing yet more first team players pick up injuries? Share your views below.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. KAB71

    August 27, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Just goes to show how far Wenger has slipped and how weak he perceives his squad to be.3-0 up from the 1st leg and couldn’t trust his 2nd string to put the tie to bed. Poor Jack will have to play every game this year or at least till he gets a proper injury. COYS I love it

    • jog on spud

      August 28, 2013 at 12:03 am

      Naah mate.
      His saving the second string team for sunday and they will beat you spuds lol.

      • Brooklyn Hotspur

        August 28, 2013 at 12:54 am

        What? You mean that Arsenal 2nd string that recently shipped 7 goals to Luton LOL! Bottom line is you’ve sold and moved on 17 players…and purchased no one…real smart move Wenger 🙂

  2. Dan Yiddo

    August 27, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    on if Wilshere wanted to play on…

    He wanted to go on, yes.
    on if he made the decision to take Ramsey off…

    Yes. He wanted to stay on.
    Possibly the weakest ‘manager’ in the game.Basically he wanted them to come off but they told him to jog on!!

    • jog on spud

      August 28, 2013 at 12:06 am

      Laugh it up yiddo,
      Come sunday you’ll be crying in your beer… lol.

      • Next bus to woolwich!

        August 28, 2013 at 12:14 am

        Are you old enough to drink,goonie?:)

  3. Dammy young

    August 28, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Wenger dey make me lauf sha…..anyway…wilshere shoul play spur on monday..o

  4. carl

    August 28, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Sounds Old enough to no u spuds aint finished higher than us in how long? Looking forward to a good battle on sunday. Lets show them y there still the weak side of north London 😀

    • My Heart Is White

      August 28, 2013 at 1:41 am

      Yeah that’s right, cos if we didn’t lose a player we would have done the double over you last season. Funny how when it was 11 v 11 we won 2-0.

  5. Arsene

    August 28, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Loyal Arsenal Fans,
    Please do not worry for our game on Sunday. We still have a fully fit Nicolas Bendtner. And also, we are looking to re-sign William Gallas on a FREE! And maybe put a bid in for Adebayor.
    Yours,
    Arsene W.

  6. J Mpalanyi, kampala.

    August 28, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Our boys ar doing a grate job on de field but all this panic (injuries) is due 2 a very weak bench. we need signings en we need them now. on the other note I DAUGHT sanogo’s abilities.

  7. Goonerboyo

    August 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Did any of you go to school and if so were you listening?
    The quality of posts , grammar and content is appalling.
    Of course we have a good core squad but absolutely no cover in relation to the general level of injuries occurring.
    Clueless executives don’t have he confidence of the manager in the transfer market and he himself has a poor history of deals.
    Spurs must start favourites.
    But it’s a derby and passions will be high but quality always shows but we’re are running out of this fast.
    It’s going to be very tense waiting on injury news and on through the match. In case of further knocks.
    Well backs to the wall lads and don’t let them pass!

  8. Joshua

    August 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Wilshere, Ramsey and Podolski are all you’ve got in your team, all we see in the transfer market is rumors of new players, we’ll see what you’ve got come Sunday. When 17 players left you should have known how many you need as replacement by now. Till this day you’ve bought no one. They say “Arsene knows” let’s see if knows.

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