Big blow emerges for Arsenal ahead of Europa League clash

Arsenal supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side go down 1-0 to North London rivals Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday, thus falling eight points adrift of the Premier League’s top four.

Arsene Wenger’s men went into their clash with their neighbours off the back of thumping Everton 5-1 in their preceding league encounter, a result which just about kept their Champions League hopes alive heading into the North London derby. But their chances of returning to Europe’s elite competition via league position took a severe hit at Wembley as Harry Kane’s header minutes into the second half was enough to secure all three points for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, leaving the Gunners eight points behind fourth place Chelsea with just 11 matches remaining.

Subsequently, there have been many despondent Arsenal fans in the Tavern this week, and their mood is unlikely to be improved by recent comments from Wenger in his pre-Europa League press conference (via Football.London), which suggests that midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set to miss this evening’s clash with Ostersunds.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a decent season for the Gunners so far with six goals and eight assists in 18 Premier League appearances, including a hat-trick in their 5-1 thumping of Everton a few weeks back.

Yet the Wales international missed his side’s defeat to Tottenham on Saturday due to injury, and he looks set to miss tonight’s Europa League clash with Ostersunds, as per Wenger in his pre-match press conference.

He said: ‘Today I would say he will not be available for the end game against Ostersunds.’

And this news is unlikely to delight our resident Gunners fans, what with the Europa League providing their team with arguably their best chance of returning to the Champions League next season.

Landlord’s verdict: Aaron Ramsey has been in fine form for Arsenal so far this season, netting six goals and laying on eight assists in just 18 Premier League appearances to help the club to fifth place in the table.

Yet the 27-year-old missed Saturday’s defeat to Tottenham through injury, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be available for tonight’s Europa League clash with Ostersunds either, as per manager Arsene Wenger in his pre-match press conference.

And with the Europa League seemingly providing the Gunners with their best chance of returning to the Champions League next season, this is sure to come as big blow to Wenger and the club’s supporters.

Arsenal fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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