Aaron Ramsey on the sidelines with minor groin strain
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey could reportedly miss the next couple of games for the Gunners after he sustained a minor groin strain. The Wales international picked up the injury prior to the north London defeat to Spurs, and it appears that his absence could be extended further.
According to FootballLondon, the 27-year-old midfielder has not returned to training since his injury setback earlier this month, and he is expected to miss the Europa League round of 32 first-leg versus Ostersund at the Jämtkraft Arena.
Ramsey had only recently returned after recovering from a hamstring problem in late January, and he managed to make an instant impression as he bagged his maiden hat-trick during the Gunners' 5-1 triumph over Everton in the Premier League. His absence against Spurs last weekend came as a surprise for the club's faithful, and without him in the ranks, the Gunners struggled to find the cutting edge in the final third, where Ramsey often tends to pop up with valuable goals or assists.
Arsenal have a gap of nearly 10 days between their Europa League outing and the League Cup final versus Manchester City, and Wenger is likely to pick the strongest squad possible for what could be a chilly trip to north Sweden on Thursday night. Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka have been the regulars during Ramsey's injury woes earlier in the season, and the pair are likely to retain their places for the European outing, despite the latter receive plenty of criticism for his lack of mobility this term.
Meanwhile, the club also have a concern in the centre-forward department after Alexandre Lacazette underwent a surgery for a knee injury. The Frenchman is likely to be sidelined for at least six weeks following the operation, and this leaves the Gunners with just one senior striker in Danny Welbeck with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible for the Europa League.