Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alex Iwobi is out with a thigh injury and Aaron Ramsey has a hamstring problem for which both players had to be forced off the pitch midway through their battering at the hands of Liverpool in their opening game at the Emirates. The Gunners took the lead through Theo Walcott in the first half moments after the England International had spurned a golden opportunity to take the advantage from the penalty spot.
However, the lead lasted for only 14 minutes as a belter of a free-kick from Philippe Coutinho saw the Reds level before the end of the first half. Since then, it was only Liverpool, who came back after the break with renewed vigour and scored three in quick succession as the Gunners failed with a late comeback by scoring two more at the Emirates.
Wenger was forced into two substitutions as Iwobi pulled up with a thigh injury and Ramsey was also back in the tunnel after a hamstring problem. The Gunners were without a lot of first team starters, with Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil all missing out on the game after being given an extended break following their participation in the Euros. Meanwhile, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers deputised in defence in the absence of the experienced duo Gabriel and Per Mertesacker, who were out due to injuries.
"Physically we are not ready. You are in a Catch-22 situation with the Euros – do you give the players a rest and start the season without many of your players? Or do they play in this kind of game and get injured, like Ramsey today?" Wenger told Arsenal's official website.
On the players' return, Wenger added, "I don't know, I haven't spoken to the medical people. Ramsey has a hamstring injury while Iwobi has a problem in his thigh. We will try to get Koscielny, Giroud and Ozil fit for Leicester City, but when they have not enough preparation they get injured."