Injury Updates & Team News


Arsene Wenger has confirmed that midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be on the treatment table for three weeks with a calf injury.

The Wales international suffered the blow during the Gunners' 2-1 defeat to Watford on Tuesday night.

The problem depletes Arsenal's midfield, with Santi Cazorla still injured, while Granit Xhaka is suspended for Saturday's clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Despite the problems in the middle of the park, Wenger has insisted that he will not recall Jack Wilshere from his season-long loan at Bournemouth.

"I would say 21 days on Ramsey. Yes, we are a bit short at the moment but I think we have young players who can do well in there," The Mirror quotes Wenger as saying. 

"We have Adelaide, we have of course Ainsley Maitland-Niles, we have Chamberlain. Iwobi can play in there.

Elneny will come back after Sunday, so I still have some strengths.

"I think we have agreed for Wilshere to go for one year on loan and we will accept that.

I would like to reiterate that we didn't push him out.

He wanted to go somewhere and play and I agreed with that." 

Arsenal head into tomorrow's game nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger has claimed that he is unsure how long Aaron Ramsey will be on the sidelines for after picking up an injury against Watford on Tuesday night.

The midfielder was substituted in the second half shortly after Watford raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney inside the first 15 minutes at the Emirates.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was also spotted limping in the final stages of the game, but Wenger expects the England international to be fit for Saturday's trip to Chelsea.

"Ramsey has a calf strain," The Metro quotes Wenger as saying.

"I don't know how long he will be out for, but it's a calf strain. "I don't think Oxlade-Chamberlain is a doubt.

I think he should be alright." Overall, it was a disappointing night for Arsenal as they were beaten 2-1 on home soil.


Arsenal suffered a further midfield setback against Watford as Aaron Ramsey departed the match after just 20 minutes with an apparent calf injury.

The night started badly for both Ramsey and Arsenal as the Wales international deflected a Younes Kaboul header past Petr Cech to hand Watford a surprise lead after 10 minutes at Emirates Stadium. 

Things got worse for the Gunners as Watford seized on a lapse in concentration three minutes as Etienne Capoue waltzed through the hosts' defence and forcing Cech into a save, with Troy Deeney finishing the follow-up. 

Ramsey soon hit the floor in frustration and needed treatment as he signalled to his calf, and Wenger - serving the second game of his four-match touchline ban - was forced to bring on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to partner Francis Coquelin in midfield.

Any significant injury layoff for Ramsey would be a huge setback for Arsenal ahead of this weekend's clash against Chelsea, with Santi Cazorla out with a long-term achilles problem, Mohamed Elneny at the African Cup of Nations, and Granit Xhaka still serving a suspension.

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Calum Chambers is out for up to a month of Middlesbrough's relegation fight with a stress fracture of the foot. 

The centre-half has started 16 times in the Premier League since joining on a season-long loan from Arsenal in the summer and played 90 minutes against West Ham at the weekend. 

But his injury was confirmed by Aitor Karanka, speaking at his Thursday press conference ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie with Accrington. 

"Calum has a stress fracture in his foot," the Boro boss said. "I don't know how long he will be out for or if it will be one, two, three or four weeks. 

At the minute he's trying to get fit as soon as possible." 

A four-week absence would sideline Chambers for league games against West Brom, Tottenham and Everton.


Danny Welbeck has been limited to just the three appearances from the bench for Arsenal this season as he battles back from injury. 

These outings have totalled 21 minutes but the England international is expected to make his first start since returning from his knee injury when Arsenal head to St Mary's to face Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday.

According to the Evening Standard Arsene Wenger was planning to give Welbeck an extended run against Burnley on Sunday but the sending off of Granit Xhaka altered those plans with this start coming at the weekend.

Whatever Wenger decides with Welbeck in this fourth round tie it is likely the boss will be watching on from the stands as a touchline ban is expected to be handed down following his FA charge that will kick in against Southampton.

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