Arsene Wenger has revealed Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi are set to be out of action for up to three weeks.

Arsenal lost both Iwobi and Ramsey in the crushing 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, picking up hip and hamstring injuries respectively.

Iwobi hobbled off the pitch at the Emirates on 59 minutes with the scored at 4-1 to the visitors and Ramsey lasted just two minutes longer before coming off.

The pair will be out of action for this Saturday’s trip to Premier League champions Leicester and Watford on August 27, but should be back in time to face Southampton after the international break.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s game with Leicester, Wenger said: “Ramsey is out for 2-3 weeks. It is not a bad injury. He should be back after the break. Iwobi as well.”

Wenger also admitted that defender Laurent Koscielny is close to full fitness after his participation for France at Euro 2016.

“He’s close (to returning),” he added. “It’s very difficult. The clubs pay always for the fact the players play in this tournament. The Euro finished July 10, you started 14th August. So what can you do?

“Do you give the player normal holiday and they aren’t ready, or they are mentally and physically jaded. The fact is I gave him holiday at the start and Gabriel, Mertesacker, we lost the two.”

The fact that Arsenal approaches the start of the season with two of their three most senior centre-backs on the treatment table, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, highlights a familiar pitfall.

Arsenal have made a concerted effort to address the number of injuries in the squad – adding new staff, employing new methods – but it is a recurring problem which always seems to flare up at least once a season.

The other pitfall which lies in the store every year is the danger of a collapse. So often Arsenal maneuvers themselves into a decent position by the spring but then see their form dissipate; often across multiple competitions at once. Wenger will be desperate to avoid a repeat again this year.


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