Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey had a game to forget in Tuesday’s clash with Watford, limping off injured after just 20 minutes and could now find himself missing most of February’s games. The Welsh international deflected a free-kick past his own goalkeeper for Watford’s first goal and missed an interception while being caught napping as the Hornets scored a second. And to cap it off, Ramsey then came off less after 20 minutes with a calf injury.
He was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who himself picked up a knock and was limping for the last 20 minutes of the game. Manager Arsene Wenger couldn’t reveal how long Ramsey would be out of action for, but confirmed it was a calf problem that will now keep him sidelined. “He has a calf strain. We don’t know how long he’ll be out for yet,” said the Gunners boss. He also added that Oxlade-Chamberlain should be fit for their next game.
The latter might be required to start as central midfielder in Ramsey absence with Arsenal down to the bare bones in the engine room. Mohamed Elneny has progressed to the next round with Egypt in the African Cup of Nations so he isn’t expected back for a couple of weeks. Granit Xhaka is still serving a suspension. Santi Cazorla could be sidelined for most of the season. And now Ramsey is out of action. It leaves Francis Coquelin as the only natural centre-midfielder ahead of a tough run of games – Chelsea (home) in the Premier League and Bayern Munich (away) in the Champions League.