Arsenal fans have been left fuming at the international break after Aaron Ramsey, arguably the club’s most important player, limped away from Wales’ 2-1 win against Andorra.
The consistent box-to-box midfielder went down clutching his ankle with Wales boss Chris Coleman not able to shed any light over the severity of the injury.
Ramsey has been one of Arsenal’s key players already this season, featuring prominently in terms of goals and assists to back up his form during the last campaign.
With the clash against Manchester City due for lunchtime on Saturday, it’s a case of wait and see for Arsene Wenger as he returns to North London with the knock today.
The timing of the first international break of the season has often been criticised as it comes just three games into the Premier League season.
After a long wait over the summer for the season to start, fans are then forced to wait the equivalent of a winter break in La Liga before the fourth game of the season and the Champions League action gets under way.
Unfortunately, the schedule is so packed full over the course of a campaign that there’s no other time for the break to occur.
Should Ramsey not be available this weekend then Jack Wilshere could take up the Welshman’s box-to-box central midfield role.
Fortunately for Arsenal, central midfield is not an area of the squad where the Gunners are weak and Wenger can still name a strong side, which will be capable of beating the current champions.
What’s made Ramsey so effective is the number of times he’s been able to make late runs, undetected, popping up in the opponent’s penalty area to get on the end of a chance or a good piece of work from a teammate.
Here are the reactions of Arsenal fans to Ramsey’s injury and the international break.
Ramsey injured? Of course, it wouldn't be an international break if we didn't get at least one player injured.— Indra Kullenberg (@IndraKullenberg) September 10, 2014
Ramsey injured in Wales qualifier - another reason to hate the international break. :/— Oz Masood (@ozmasood) September 10, 2014
Ramsey injured < aint God great, aint international break a blessing?— Gannicus (@ASteph14) September 10, 2014
Ramsey is a doubt for the weekend? International break is so stupid.— Caleb (@CalebBadrul) September 10, 2014
Aaron Ramsey facing race for fitness for man city clash...international break at its best..— Richie Ross (@richardsonross) September 10, 2014
Our players always injure during International break. Its a tradition. It just gats happen. Now no Ramsey 4 Man City..*sigh*— Kolz (@adegbiji) September 9, 2014
Going to write a feature where Arsene is Orpheus and he must go into the international break and try to bring Ramsey back alive— Dorian Black (@Phaetonv2) September 9, 2014
Ramsey picks up an ankle injury. I mean we weren't going to go through international break without an injury I mean come....— Ali (@ali_akarmanjy) September 9, 2014
Ramsey Injured. Just as I was thinking this was a good international break.— Arsene Sidekick (@ArseneSidekick) September 9, 2014
Aaron Ramsey an injury concern for the clash with Manchester City after twisting ankle in Wales qualifier. Hate international break! :(— p (@gunner_ep) September 10, 2014
If Ramsey is Injured, I'm injured too.— Chy (@_SoftGlass) September 10, 2014
The Welsh FA owe us £800million if Ramsey is injured.— Tom Gordon (@GoonerGordo) September 9, 2014