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Arsene Wenger provides fitness updates on five key Arsenal men

Aaron Ramsey is ruled out of the North London derby.

Arsene Wenger has provided an injury update on several key players, via the club’s official website.

Aaron Ramsey, who limped off with a hamstring injury in the Gunners win over Bayern on Tuesday, is due for an extended period out, with Wenger claiming a return after the next international break is most likely.

“He had a scan today but he’s out. I believe he will be out until after the next international break,” said Wenger.

“With the [last] international break, the fact that he played against Andorra certainly cost Bale and him as well.”

Domestic football resumes on the 22nd of November after the international break, meaning Ramsey will miss the North London Derby on November 8th in what comes as a blow to Arsenal.

Second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina is also expected to be out until after the international break, while long-term injury-sufferers Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are expected back ‘around the New Year’.

The Gunners are in an excellent vein of form but Ramsey’s absence will be keenly felt, given his rise to prominence in recent seasons.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stands to benefit however, and could be given a bigger role in the coming weeks as Wenger tries to maintain Arsenal’s impressive run.

The England international has yet to fully realise the immense potential he clearly has and an enforced stint in the first-team could bring the best out of him.

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