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Arsenal boss Wenger's fears mount for Aaron Ramsey

By Jim van Wijk

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not too worried about injuries suffered by defensive duo Per Mertesacker and Gabriel at Hull - but admits he is concerned about Aaron Ramsey's condition.

The centre-backs were withdrawn during the Gunners' 4-0 FA Cup victory at the KC Stadium, with Mertesacker suffering concussion in a clash of heads with Nick Powell while Gabriel was taken off following an aerial challenge.

Ramsey lasted 19 minutes as Gabriel's replacement - the Welsh ace limped off to give Wenger more cause for concern ahead of a Champions League meeting with Barcelona and a tricky Premier League run-in.

After braces from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott fired his team into the last eight, Wenger said: "Mertesacker is not serious, just a little concussion, and I think Gabriel looks all right but I am concerned for Ramsey.

"It's a thigh injury... but apart from that we have played well."

Cup holders Arsenal now face Watford in the quarter-finals.

Wenger added: "They are a good side and it will be a very interesting tie. Let's see if we can recover one or two injuries and keep playing the way we played."

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