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Arsenal injury update: Ramsey to miss a month, Alexis and Wilshere fit for FA Cup

Arsenal's midfield issues grow more grim, but there could be some help coming.

"don't worry guys, I'm okay-ish"
"don't worry guys, I'm okay-ish"
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While Arsenal were able to hold on to beat Leicester 2-1 yesterday, the story was not all sunshine and roses. Beside a relatively poor performance all-around, a couple of new injury concerns -- to Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez -- popped up. And those are two guys you don't really want to lose.

A day later, the story has developed, and it's gone in both directions. First, the negative. According to the Mirror's John Cross, Ramsey will miss about a month (yes, I know, "three weeks"), meaning that he won't be available for AS Monaco's visit to the Emirates for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, and he'll face a "race" to be fit for the trip to Stade Louis II on March 17. While the Premier League schedule over that month isn't too rough (although there are home matches against Everton and West Ham United in there), losing Ramsey for potentially that full European tie isn't ideal.

But other than that, the news is generally good. Jack Wilshere is back, and likely to be in the squad to face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup this weekend. Hopefully he'll be able to fill in the gap left by Ramsey in the Arsenal midfield for the next month-plus, and avoid re-injuring his ankle. Also returning (again) this weekend will be Alexis, whose knee injury from the Leicester match isn't severe. It was, according to Arsene Wenger, a "kick on the knee," which might relegate him to the bench again but won't keep him from participating.

Here's hoping we can get through Middlesbrough without anyone's limbs falling off, or anything.