By Chris Mills
Aaron Ramsey will miss Arsenals crucial Premier League game against Chelsea this weekend, with Arsene Wenger confirming the Wales international will be out of Saturday’s fixture at Stamford Bridge.
“I don’t know how long he will be out for, but it’s a calf strain,” Wenger informed reporters after the defeat against Watford on Tuesday, as reported by ESPN.
The news will come as a blow to the 67-year-old manager, whose side have a number of important matches on the horizon as they look to fight on three fronts for the remainder of the season.
Games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Bayern Munich all take place in February in what will be a make-or-break month for the Gunners this season.
After Ramsey’s calf strain in midweek, Arsenal face a mounting midfield crisis as Granit Xhaka, Santi Cazorla and Mohamed Elneny are all also unavailable for selection by Wenger.
But, in bit of good news for the Frenchman, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be fit for the game at Stamford Bridge this weekend, despite limping off at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
Arsenal’s defeat to Watford leaves the North London side further adrift of the Premier League leaders, with a defeat to Chelsea surely ending the Gunners hopes of becoming champions this season.