Big injury blow: Two midfielders ruled out of League opener against Leicester city

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are major doubts for Arsenal’s clash with Leicester City on Friday night while Alexis Sanchez is also unlikely to start.

Ozil missed today’s penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley after suffering an ankle injury in training last week.
Wenger had initially expected the German international to practice on Saturday and be in contention to face the Blues but he was unable to train yesterday and is now a major doubt to face the Foxes.

Ramsey was also absent from the game at Wembley today due to a minor calf injury and Wenger says the Welsh international is also unlikely to be passed fit for our Premier League opener.

Sanchez wasn’t involved against Chelsea either as he only returned to pre-season training last Tuesday and it seems like the Chilean super-star is facing a race against time to face Leicester as Wenger has admitted the attacker is short of fitness.

We also have increasing problems at the back as Per Mertesacker was forced off after suffering a nasty cut above his eye early-on in the game due to a stray elbow from Gary Cahill.

However, thankfully the boss says the injury isn’t too serious and Mertesacker himself says he might be in contention to take on Leicester if the swelling goes down over the next few days.

 

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