Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey will not be available until the New Year after suffering a hamstring injury in the Champions League match against Galatasaray.
Ramsey has been in great form in the last 18 months, but this season he has been hampered by injuries more often than not. The 24-year-old has featured in only 19 matches in all competitions so far. Even though he is yet to reach the peak scoring form that he achieved last season, Ramsey continues to play a vital role to free up space for the likes of Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal went into the Champions League match against Galatasaray still with the hope of topping the group after their win over Borussia Dortmund in the previous group match. Winning the group was going to be very important since it would aid Arsenal in a relatively kinder fixture in the last 16 stage. Now, Ramsey has joined the long list of injured players at Arsenal. This list includes the likes of Monreal and Laurent Koscielny. Wenger has faced numerous injury issues this season and he has accepted that this may force him to buy a couple of players in January. Summer signing Mathieu Debuchy may return from a spell on the sidelines for the coming matches.
“Someone with very little experience will have to play in that (central defensive) role. If everybody is fit and available, we dont need to go into transfer market but we have to accept Koscielny has a question mark over fitness, so we may have to go into market,” said Wenger about the injuries to Ramsey and Koscielny and how it may force him into the transfer window. "Newcastle had a great result last week and they are going well. But we have won four of our last five we are on a good trend,” continued Wenger ahead of the match against Newcastle.