Arsenal injury update: Aaron Ramsey out 'for four weeks' as Arsene Wenger assesses his limited options for Chelsea clash

Nacho Monreal could be the only player to return from injury this weekend as Ramsey joins lengthy injury list

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Arsene Wenger has played down fears that Aaron Ramsey could be out of action until December after revealing the Arsenal medical staff suggest he will miss up to four weeks of action.

Ramsey limped out of the 1-1 draw against North London rivals Tottenham last Saturday with a hamstring injury. The midfielder, who missed over four months of football last season with a thigh strain, hasn’t been as prolific in the first month of this campaign as he was this time last year, but his importance to the Gunners is unquestioned given his importance in Arsene Wenger’s style of play.

Speaking ahead of their weekend trip to Chelsea, Wenger confirmed that Ramsey will miss up to four weeks through injury, but that he should be back in action at some point in November.

“I've been told he could be out for three to four weeks, so I count four,” said Wenger, who is adding up the injuries as Arsenal struggle to cope with the rate of attrition that the past six weeks has brought.

 

Wenger already knows that his captain Mikel Arteta will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge after suffering a calf injury in the Spurs draw, and it adds to the injury woes that the Gunners have already suffered.

Striker Olivier Giroud suffered a broken tibia in the 2-2 draw with Everton, and he is not due to return to action until 2015, while his compatriot Mathieu Debuchy suffered ankle ligament damage and won’t be back until the start of December. The absence of the French right-back has put added pressure not only on 19-year-old Calum Chambers, but also Wenger given his reluctance to sign another defender in the summer.

Wenger revealed that left-back Nacho Monreal could be fit to return for this weekend’s encounter, although he would probably have to make do with a place on the bench at best given Kieran Gibbs’ recent form that has led to an England recall. There is some good news in that long-term absentee Theo Walcott should return to first-team training next week, and if all goes according to plan he could be in line for a first appearance of the season after the international break. Walcott has only played twice in 2014, having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the FA Cup victory over Spurs in January.

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