Arsene Wenger gives injury update on Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez after Leicester win
PUBLISHED: 22:54 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 22:58 10 February 2015
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Arsene Wenger fears Arsenal could lose Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez to injuries after they hobbled off with hamstring and knee problems in their 2-1 win over Leicester City.
Arsenal looked to be on their way to a comfortable victory at the Emirates after Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott put them two goals up before the break, but Andrej Kramaric pulled one back in the second half and the Gunners were fortunate to escape with the three points.
More worrying than a poor second half display, however, was the sight of Ramsey and Sanchez both picking up injuries.
Ramsey suffered his third hamstring injury of the season and went straight down the tunnel just minutes after coming off the bench in the second half, while Sanchez was also withdrawn after failing to shake off a knee injury suffered after a crunching tackle by Leicester’s Matt Upson before the break.
Wenger does not yet know how long the pair will be sidelined for, but the double blow dampened a night on which Arsenal climbed back up to fourth place.
On Ramsey, the Frenchman said: “I don’t know how bad it is yet but it didn’t look good. When the guy stops straight away and sits down, that’s not good news.
“It is a recurrence now of a few muscular injuries, and we haven’t found out why [he keeps getting them].
“I left him out today because I wanted to be cautious with him, but I had to bring him because we lacked a bit of offensive power. It was not the best of decisions.”
Ramsey had a long spell out with a thigh injury last season, and Wenger admits his reoccurring muscular injuries are a serious cause for concern.
“Last year was a thigh, this year it’s a recurrence of hamstrings,” he said. “You cannot say it is not a worry because after a while the player doesn’t play with a clear mind.
“He’s not overplayed. I don’t know why [he is getting injured]. Before I never looked at him, I just played him in every single game but since he has had these problems I’m a bit more cautious with him.”
On Sanchez, Wenger added: “Sanchez had a knock on his knee. I don’t think he was himself. from the moment he got the knock he was never really comfortable.
“I don’t know for how long he will be out, or whether he will be out or not, I haven’t seen the doctor. It was a heavy tackle.”
The Gunners boss admitted he wanted to take Sanchez off at half-time, but the Chilean was determined to continue.
“I wanted [to take him off]. At half-time I was ready to do it but he said ‘No, it’s okay I can go on’, but when I watched him play I thought no,” said Wenger. “Sometimes you can run it off when it’s just a kick, but it became worse.”
The Gunners are in FA Cup action against Middlesbrough this weekend, with Wenger likely to rotate his injury-hit squad before they return to Premier League action against Crystal Palace next weekend.