Concussed Flamini could be out for five days, ruling him out of Dortmund tie

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Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini looks increasingly likely to miss the game with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday

Arsenal have beaten Norwich City at The Emirates 4-1, with a double from Mesut Ozil ably complimented by tremendous team goals from Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.

Ramsey was left on the bench for the game, but then had to enter the fray when Mathieu Flamini left the pitch with concussion - and it really is something to wince through your Corn Flakes at if you catch Match of the Day as a hungover morning re-run.

Flamini clattered heads with Alexander Tettey, and then smashed his cranium on the carpet like turf for good measure - leaving him stumbling around the pitch like an unfortunate drunk.

The Frenchman, being the tenacious character that he is, tried in vain to play on - before being hauled off when it became clear his head was not clearing anytime soon.

At the time we posted a quick report on the incident, where we suggested he was unlikely to be fit for the game against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday - and that has now been confirmed by Arsene Wenger in his post-match comments.

He stated that the Frenchman had suffered concussion and had double vision, leaving his presence at The Emirates in a few days’ time as a likely spectator - if he can see straight by then that is.

Wenger said of the injury:

‘’He had concussion. He had double vision, so on the advice of the doctor I took him off because I did not want to take any gamble. I don't know if he'll be available for Dortmund, it depends now what the doctors will decide. Sometimes they are not allowed to play for five days, it depends how big the concussion was.’’

Indeed, if the concussion was as bad as it appeared on first sight, the thought of him playing in three days is just not plausible.

It would be far too dangerous to risk a second concussion in quick succession, with Flamini’s health certainly coming first.

The club have plenty of options to replace him, with Aaron Ramsey likely to drop back into a more pivotal role - and with Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and now Tomas Rosicky all back in action he is unlikely to feature on Tuesday night.

How badly missed will Flamini be against Dortmund if he does not pass fit?

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