Wenger concerned by Ramsey injury recurrence

LIMPED OUT: Ramsey suffered a third hamstring injury during Tuesday's 2-1 win at home to Leicester City.


    Feb 12, 2015

    Wenger concerned by Ramsey injury recurrence


    ARSENE Wenger is concerned about the fitness of Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey, after the Arsenal stars suffered injuries in his side's 2-1 win over Leicester City on Tuesday.

    Wenger lamented what looks like a third hamstring injury of the season for Ramsey, as the Welsh midfielder went off just nine minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute in the Premier League match.

    He was also critical of heavy Leicester tackling that saw Chile winger Sanchez taken off following a clash with Matthew Upson at the Emirates Stadium.

    "I don't know (the extent of the injury), but it is not good news," Wenger said of Ramsey. "He's had a recurrence now of a few injuries.

    "Sanchez had a knock with his knee and I don't think he was himself. From the moment he got his knock, he was never comfortable. I don't know how long he'll be out. It was a heavy tackle, yes."

    First-half goals from Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott gave Arsenal what Wenger described as an "important" response to last Saturday's derby defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, and kept them right in the middle of a tight race for the top four.

    Arsenal overcame an impressive Leicester start with Koscielny side-footing in from a corner at 27 minutes, before Walcott volleyed home, 41 minutes after Mesut Oezil's powerful parried effort.

    Despite that lead, they lost energy in the second half, and Wenger put it down to the effects of last week's north London derby.

    "The Spurs defeat was a bit in the head and, especially second half, in the legs. I have seen Tottenham lost 3-2 to Liverpool as well in the final minutes. It was a very intense game," he said.

    Wenger also backed Leicester, who previously had to deny reports that they sacked manager Nigel Pearson, to stay in the Premier League despite their position at rock bottom.

    "When you see the way they (Leicester) play football, it is a surprise they are bottom of the league and want to get rid of their manager," said the Frenchman.

    "If they keep quiet, don't panic, they will survive, because they are one of the better sides we have played."