Arsenal: Gunners hit by Podolski blow

Arsenal Lukas Podolski injured

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Arsenal have been hit by the news that Lukas Podolski is facing three weeks on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury.

The Germany international has impressed for the Gunners in the opening few games of the season but is now set for a spell on the treatment table after damaging his hamstring against Fenerbahce on Tuesday night.

The Gunners booked their place in the group stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win on the night to take them through 5-0 on aggregate, but the victory came at a cost.

“We paid a heavy price on the injury front because we lost Podolski,” Wenger said of the situation. “Podolski’s definitely out for 21 days.”

Not only that Aaron Ramsey, who grabbed both goals against the Turkish outfit, picked up an injury, as did fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Wenger is waiting to hear the full extent of the damage but does not believe either is serious and they should be fit to face Tottenham in the big north London derby on Sunday.

“I don’t know how bad Ramsey is,” he added. “I don’t know how Wilshere responds. We have to check that tomorrow morning.

“The two tackles on Wilshere were disappointing, but he looks all right.

“Jack should be all right for Sunday. I’m hopeful on Aaron as well.

“I took him off with three or four minutes to go, but I don’t know how bad it is. He wanted to stay on.”

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