'A few more weeks' - Wenger asks for patience in Ramsey injury return

Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny are out for a while - and Nacho Monreal return is too late for Manchester City tie.

It has been a tough week for Arsenal. After they were thrashed by Chelsea 6-0 they then drew 2-2 with Swansea City at The Emirates in midweek to leave Arsene Wenger admitting post-game that their title hunt was over for this season.

And at the end of a tough week they also have the unfortunate visit of Manchester City to North London this weekend to finish things off on a high.

For Arsenal it is easy to get on their case - but in reality they have been very unlucky with injuries once again this season.

The likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski, Thomas Vermaelen and Yaya Sanogo have all missed periods of the current campaign with injury issues - and ahead of the City fixture no good news was expected.

And guess what, no good news is forthcoming.

Arsene Wenger gave his usual Thursday update on injury news today - and nobody will be back in action in time to take on City this weekend.

Wenger stated:

“Compared to Tuesday night, we have no new injuries and no-one coming back as well. Monreal should be the first one back in training because he is just starting to run in the next few days. After him, Ramsey is progressing well but we need to be patient for a few more weeks.”

The quotes on Ramsey are certainly not uplifting. Not only due to the fact Arsenal must wait a 'few more weeks' to see him in action - but the fact he is ahead of Ozil, Wilshere and Koscielny in recovery suggests that it will be even longer until they return to action.

With that in mind it should be a largely unchanged side to the one that drew with Swansea - although Lukas Podolski is pushing for a start after his excellent impact off the bench.

Hector Bellerin, the young Spaniard who spent much of this season on loan at Watford, is again likely to be on the bench - as Arsene Wenger begins to run thin on options.

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