Arsenal's injury woes continued to mount after Aaron Ramsey suffered a hamstring injury during their opening day defeat to Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. The Welsh midfielder is set to be sidelined for a month and will miss the Gunners' Premier League clashes against Leicester City and Watford as well as his Wales' first World Cup qualifier game against Moldova on 5 September.
Arsene Wenger has seen Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista suffer injuries before the start of the new campaign and will now be without Ramsey for at least a month. Alex Iwobi also suffered a thigh strain during the game against the Reds, but Arsenal are still assessing the extent of the Nigeria international's injury. The defensive duo have been ruled out for four months and eight weeks, respectively.
Ramsey was allowed an extended break following his exertions with Wales at this summer's European Championship and only made one appearance during pre-season. The midfielder was hoping to carry on his form from the Euros, which saw him being included in the team and he did impress in the first-half against Liverpool, before being replaced on the hour mark with the injury.
According to the Telegraph, the 25-year-old is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks and it is expected that he could return to action for Arsenal's home game against Southampton on 10 September. The manager is well stocked in midfield, and it is likely Santi Cazorla, who was on the bench for the clash against the Merseyside club, is likely to take the Welshman's spot in the starting XI.
The north London club travel to the King Power Stadium to face champions Leicester in their next game on Saturday (20 August), while Wenger is well stocked in midfield, his main concern will be in defence with Rob Holding and Calum Chambers his only options at centre-back against a potent attack that contains Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Ahmed Musa.
Laurent Koscielny is not match fit after returning to training just a week prior to the start of the season, and the manager will be wary of rushing him and risking another injury. Arsenal are looking to sign a central defender and have been linked with a move for Valencia star Shkodran Mustafi, but it is unlikely the transfer will go through before the clash against the Foxes.