Club Focus – Arsenal – London Buses

Arsene Wenger has discovered that injuries, much like London buses, may be absent for a while, but when they do arrive, they often come in twos.

In the build-up to last weekend’s game with Bolton, Aaron Ramsey and Samir Nasri both picked up injuries that will see the pair sidelined for three weeks. Nasri had been continuing his return from injury, playing progressively more minutes and was beginning to resemble something of the exciting flair player that arrived in the summer of 2008. Now he will add to his growing collection of loyalty points with the Arsenal medical staff. Whilst the injury is not a major setback in terms of absence from first-team duties, it is the possible repercussions for his overall recovery from breaking his leg in pre-season that will concern the manager the most. Similarly, the player will be hoping to get a lengthy run of games under his belt in order to push for a place in the France squad for the World Cup.

Ramsey on the other hand has had relatively few injuries in his fledgling career and is certainly under no pressure to perform in order to cement a World Cup place. Wales have not qualified this time around, but his place in the national team is secure – the Welshman forming the basis of a youthful and resurgent Wales team that will be seriously challenging to qualify for the major tournaments over the coming years. Ramsey has been in impressive form for the Gunners of late, with fans and pundits alike keen to see if, and how, he would link up with Cesc Fabregas. Sadly the opportunity to see the prot

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