Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of Aaron Ramsdale after the goalkeeper appeared to pick up a hamstring injury against Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal shakes hands with a ball boy after the final whistle of the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal shakes hands with a ball boy after the final whistle of the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

As Aaron Ramsdale was fouled, allowing Aston Villa to take the lead at the Emirates direct from a corner, the goalkeeper got himself into a weird position as he tried to wriggle free.

Holding his right hamstring not long after, Ramsdale received treatment on the pitch and seemed to be ok as he continued to take his own kicks.

Unfortunately, ahead of the game against Manchester United there are concerns.

“I think he felt something,” Arteta said at his press conference after the game. “I don’t know what exactly. He managed to finish the game but he’s another we’ll have to assess.”

Arsenal will, of course, be hoping that he is able to shake it off given the option to replace him in goal is the American Matt Turner.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates after the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates after the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

While I’ve no doubt he’s a decent keeper, he didn’t exactly fill us all with confidence during pre-season and going from the MLS to Old Trafford in the Premier League is more than a little step up.

Arteta also confirmed that Mohamed Elneny’s injury is ‘bad’.

“That’s not good news,” Arteta said. “We still need him to see our specialist but I’m afraid we’re going to lose Mo for a while.”

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