Alexis Sanchez fit but Ramsey facing two weeks out for Gunners

Alexis Sanchez’s knee injury is not considered serious and the Arsenal striker is expected to be available for Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough.

Alexis Sanchez fit but Ramsey facing two weeks out for Gunners

The news on Aaron Ramsey’s latest hamstring strain is, however, less positive with the Gunners midfielder certain to be out for a fortnight at the very least.

Sanchez and Ramsey both had to be taken off in the second half of Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Leicester on Tuesday.

Sanchez suffered a bang to his knee during the first half at the Emirates Stadium and Arsene Wenger was ready to substitute him at half-time but the Chilean insisted he could continue.

The 26-year-old was returning from a two-week lay-off with a hamstring problem but his latest setback is more of an impact injury and considered to be only a minor knock.

Sanchez could even play in this weekend’s FA Cup fixture, although Wenger may choose to rest his leading scorer with a busy schedule to come.

Ramsey’s diagnosis is more severe.

The midfielder is undergoing tests from Arsenal’s medical team but will not return before the Champions League last-16 first leg tie against Monaco on February 25.

“It is his third hamstring injury this season,” Wenger said after the game against Leicester. Last year it was a thigh injury but this year it’s a recurrence of hamstrings. You cannot say it’s not a worry because after a while the player doesn’t play with the freedom in the mind.

“He’s not overplayed. Before I just played him in every game but since he’s had these problems, I’m a bit more cautious with him.”

Meanwhile Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is hoping old friend Mesut Ozil has an off-day on Sunday as he attempts to pull of another major FA Cup shock.

Championship leaders Boro head for Arsenal having stunned the nation with their 2-0 fourth round victory at Manchester City and intent on serving up a repeat in north London.

However, if they are to do so on Sunday, they may have to get to grips with Ozil, who scored a stunning opener in last weekend’s 2-1 derby defeat at Tottenham. The pair worked together during their time at Real Madrid, where Karanka served as Jose Mourinho’s assistant.

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