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Arsenal injury update: Good news on Wilshere, less good for Arteta and Ramsey

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It could have been a lot worse!

this is not how they got hurt
this is not how they got hurt
Clive Mason

Arsenal have injury problems -- I know, stop me if you've heard this before -- but as time passes after last weekend's match against Tottenham Hotspur, we're getting a little more clarity as to exactly what that means. Three new injuries were suffered on Saturday, and while there are certainly new concerns about midfield, the damage might not be nearly as bad as we feared.

Let's get to the bad news first. Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey will be out for a little while. Arteta's calf strain will keep him out for about three weeks, while Ramsey's hamstring issue will put him out for a month. So, you know, just two starting midfielders out for an extended period, we usually play pretty well like that. And both will miss this weekend's trip to Stamford Bridge, so, uh, get ready for that.

As for Jack Wilshere, the news is a bit better. When it comes to Wilshere and ankle injuries, terror is typically the appropriate reaction. But his is not as bad as initially feared -- he's unlikely to be ready to start against Galatasaray on Wednesday, but should be healthy enough to play against Chelsea. That's good news, because otherwise I think we might have been looking at the return of Kim Kallstrom.