Arsenal look like they will be without two key pieces in midfield next week against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was already going to be a hugely challenging match at the site of last year's 6-0 humiliation, given Arsenal's weakness against counterattacks and Chelsea's love of, well, counterattacks, but injuries sustained by Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta today have just made the challenge even huger...er:
Wenger: "Wilshere I don't know. Arteta and Ramsey will probably be out for Chelsea" #AFCvTHFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 27, 2014
Yeah. That's um...not great.
Assuming Wenger rolls out his trusty 4-1-4-1 formation again at the Bridge, one will most likely see Mathieu Flamini holding in front of the back four, and based on today's less-than-scrumptious performance, that might be cause for concern. (He wasn't helped by Szczesny's distribution on Spurs' goal, but, also, generally, he's um...yeah, sub-optimal). Then again, maybe Wenger will deploy Abou Diaby alongside Flamini to help out, which could be fun!
There's also the small matter of the mid-week clash against Galatasaray at the Emirates on Wednesday. Perhaps Diaby will get some warmup time during that match, especially if it's going Arsenal's way.