Aaron Ramsey looks set to miss Arsenal’s festive fixtures after manager confirmed he picked up a hamstring injury in Champions League win against Galatasaray.
Ramsey’s stunning volley was a highlight of an impressive win in Turkey, but it seems that may be the last significant contribution he makes to Arsenal’s cause in 2014.
“We have the scan last night and I don’t know enough the extent of his injury,” said Wenger, who refused to put a time scale on the recovery period for Ramsey. “It’s a shame because he was getting close to his form.”
Ramsey’s absence is one of many concerns for Wenger ahead of Saturday’s home game against Newcastle, with his defensive injury crisis reaching critical levels after he confirmed that Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are out, while Calum Chambers is also suspended.
“Defensively, I have 24 hours to think about it and I will find a solution,” said Wenger. “We have to play someone with almost no experience or someone who is not used to playing in the position.”
Wenger also said that his side’s poor display in the 3-2 defeat at Stoke last weekend was a blip in what he sees as an improving defensive record, despite the injury problems that have affected his squad this season.
“Before Stoke, we got three clean sheets in a row, but always the last game that is judged for the quality of the team,” he said. “This is the modern game. Our last game was Galatasaray and we defended well there. I agree we didn’t defend well at Stoke.
“We work on our weak points, obviously, but it is difficult. We came back [from Turkey] at 5am in the morning on Wednesday morning and we just have to recover at the moment. Our [training] sessions now are recover, recovery.”