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Arsenal suffer Ramsey hamstring blow

ESPN staff
December 12, 2014
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Aaron Ramsey looks set to miss Arsenal's festive fixture programme after manager Arsene Wenger confirmed his midfielder picked up a hamstring injury in Wednesday's 4-1 Champions League win against Galatasaray.

Ramsey's stunning volley was a highlight of an impressive win in Turkey, but it seems that may be the last significant contribution he makes to Arsenal's cause in 2014.

"We have the scan last night and I don't know enough the extent of his injury," said Wenger, who refused to put a time scale on the recovery period for Ramsey. "It's a shame because he was getting close to his form."

Aaron Ramsey scored twice against Galatasaray, including a stunning volley © Getty Images

Ramsey's absence is one of many concerns for Wenger ahead of Saturday's home game against Newcastle, with his defensive injury crisis reaching critical levels after he confirmed that Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are out, while Calum Chambers is also suspended.

"Defensively, I have 24 hours to think about it and I will find a solution," said Wenger. "We have to play someone with almost no experience or someone who is not used to playing in the position."

Wenger also said that his side's poor display in the 3-2 defeat at Stoke last weekend was a blip in what he sees as an improving defensive record, despite the injury problems that have affected his squad this season.

"Before Stoke, we got three clean sheets in a row, but always the last game that is judged for the quality of the team," he said. "This is the modern game. Our last game was Galatasaray and we defended well there. I agree we didn't defend well at Stoke.

"We work on our weak points, obviously, but it is difficult. We came back [from Turkey] at 5am in the morning on Wednesday morning and we just have to recover at the moment. Our [training] sessions now are recover, recovery."

Wenger has confirmed that he will look to add a defender to his squad in the upcoming January transfer window, but he warned Arsenal supporters that movement of players will be limited next month.

"If everybody is fit and available, we don't need to go on the transfer market, but we have to consider that Koscielny could be a question mark with his fitness, so we have to go out on the transfer market, yes," he stated.

"There will be very little activity because all the big clubs want to keep their players. It will be as usual - quiet in the first three weeks and then frenetic in the last three or four days. Usually, the transfer market in January is not very active."

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