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Wenger: Arteta, Ramsey 'probably' out for Chelsea vs. Arsenal

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Paul Gilham

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur split the points in a hotly-contested draw at the Emirates earlier today, but it's the former who concern Chelsea at the moment. With a home match against the Gunners on the horizon following our trip to Lisbon, that they picked up a series of worrying-looking injuries in the first half of the 1-1 tie is very relevant information.

Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey both limped off immediately after hurting themselves, and while Jack Wilshere soldiered on for some time following a knock to the ankle he too was eventually forced to quit the field. Will any of them be back in time for Chelsea? Here's what Arsene Wenger has to say.

I'm not sure that Arteta would have started anyway, as Wenger would probably have played the more defensively-minded Mathieu Flamini at Stamford Bridge, but Ramsey is a clear-choice starter and Arsenal will miss him greatly. While his absence is probably good news in terms of the result, it's still a shame -- Ramsey's a very good player, and getting the opportunity to play against (and beat) the best is what we all want out of our season.