Aaron Ramsey missed last night’s penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in Dublin due to a calf strain sustained in the pre-game warm up.
The Welsh international was due to start but was replaced at the last minute by Emile Smith Rowe after suffering what was described as a ‘minor calf problem’.
Speaking after the game, Unai Emery said of the injury, “It’s clear that the problems tonight were Aaron Ramsey – but that’s not a big issue. He has got a little pain in his muscle and we decided not to start him because it is maybe a big risk for him.
“But I am awaiting the medical analysis and I think it’s not a big problem.”
It may well be precautionary, but it’s still a worry, especially as our midfield looked to miss his dynamism and drive.
It led to more questions about his future and whether or not he’d be signing a new contract.
Asked specifically if he was going to do that, the Arsenal head coach said, “I don’t know. It’s one question for the club and another for the player.
“I am very, very concentrated and my focus is thinking everyday about the training, the players and the match on Saturday against Lazio, and then against Manchester City.
“I think my opinion is clear, I want him to be with us, but then it’s one question for the player and the club.
“My opinion is professional and is in the interest of the team.”