Arsene Wenger has called upon his team to win the Premier League for their fallen teammate Aaron Ramsey.
An official statement was released by Arsenal Football Club yesterday regarding the severity of Ramsey’s injury.
“During Saturday’s match against Stoke City, Aaron Ramsey sustained fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Yesterday evening he underwent surgery.
"The operation successfully reduced the fractures and whilst it is too soon to state an exact timescale for recovery, Aaron will certainly miss the remainder of this season. Our thoughts are with Aaron at this time and everyone at the Club wishes him all the best in making as speedy a return to action as possible.”
Wenger only knows too well what sort of effect this type of injury can have on a team.
Ramsey’s injury brought back horrific reminders of Eduardo’s injury just two years earlier at Birmingham.
After Eduardo’s injury the Gunners were not the same team as they had been all year. A dip in form towards the business end of the season cost Arsenal the title, and they finished third. It was a disappointing end to a season that promised so much at Christmas.
Wenger anticipates a tight finish in this year’s title race but feels this year’s squad is mentally tougher than the 2008 side that finished third.
"This group is so strong mentally and have a unity so this will give us one more reason to fight until the end and do it for him."
Arsenal are currently lying in third place and have a great opportunity to finish this season with a flourish. Their 10 remaining games feature six teams in the lower half of the league, and maximum points should really be attained.
Manchester United’s remaining fixtures include top four competitors Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, and Liverpool.
Chelsea play host Tottenham, Liverpool, and Aston Villa.
With Manchester United and Chelsea almost guaranteed to drop points, Wenger must rally his troops to claim Arsenal's first piece of silverware in five years.