Arsenal could be without Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck when they continue their quest for second place in the Premier League against Swansea City on Monday. Arsène Wenger’s side will go into the match at the Emirates Stadium level on points with Manchester City, but with one game extra to play in the battle to finish behind the already crowned champions Chelsea. They may have to do without one of the men who has been crucial to their recent fine run, however. After scoring Arsenal’s second goal in a 3-1 win over Hull last time out, Ramsey took a knock that forced him off and leaves his participation against Swansea in jeopardy.
“From the Hull match we had Ramsey who took a big kick, he is getting slowly better,” Wenger told the Arsenal website on Thursday. “He could be back in training soon.”
Ramsey has scored three goals in his last six matches, but were he to fail to recover in time for Monday it could open up an opportunity for Jack Wilshere to make a first start in six months. After recovering from two ankle procedures, the England midfielder came off the bench to replace Ramsey against Hull and brought plenty of energy and endeavor upon his return to first-team action.
Wenger’s options could be further limited against Swansea by the absence of Welbeck. The forward has not scored a Premier League goal in 2015 and could miss out with a knee injury that prevented him taking his place in the squad against Hull.
“Welbeck is doing better but he is still not in training, he has missed now more than a week,” Wenger said. “There is no major damage but we have to see how it progresses over the next two or three days.”
With the possible exception of Ramsey, it looks likely to be the same lineup that beat Hull and has largely been ever-present in Arsenal’s run of nine wins and a draw from their last 10 matches. Those chances are increased by the fact that France right-back Mathieu Debuchy is still out, “progressing but not available,” according to Wenger.
The visit of Swansea will also come too early for Arsenal’s other existing casualties. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has now been out for two months since injuring his groin in the FA Cup quarterfinal against Manchester United. Captain Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, has been absent for nearly six months after a calf problem and subsequent ankle surgery. While having been in training for a while now, he is still not judged ready to rejoin first-team action.
“Chamberlain is not available, Arteta will be short so it will basically be a similar squad [to the one that faced Hull],” Wenger added.