Can Arsenal afford to lose Aaron Ramsey?

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Ramsey and France striker Alexandre Lacazette each scored twice in a blistering first half for the Gunners, who are the top scorers in the competition this season with 27 goals.

You could say that Conor McGregor's mischievous antics in NY overshadowed Arsenal's dominant performance in the Europa League last night, so let's talk more about Aaron Ramsey's sublime piece of improvisation in the 28th minute.

"In the second half we had loads of chances, but we are lucky that it is 4-1 because if the score was a bit tighter then we would have regretted missing those chances".

"He enjoys [playing] and I hope you enjoy [watching him] because you see a great football player", Arsène Wenger said.

"It's important for me because in the league, Aubameyang is going to play, unless the coach plays the two of us together", added Lacazette.

Replicating a similar formation to how Premier League leaders Manchester City play their football, City are proof that you can fit in two world-class strikers in a one-man front-line.

With Arsenal now without one of their most creative attackers the Saints have to go on the offensive and try and knick it.

The midfielder will have a scan on Friday to assess the extent of the damage, but Wenger confirmed he will miss Arsenal's game against Southampton on Sunday.

Wenger also gave an update on the fitness of goalkeeper David Ospina, who sprained his ankle in training earlier this week. "He will certainly be out for Sunday".

"On the other hand, it will help us to focus completely in the second game and not think it's job done, we know it's not over". You're always anxious when you don't win games that people expect you to win, but as I said many times there's only one way to respond: with the quality of the performance on the pitch.

"Of course it's a very bad result for us but we understood who is playing against us".

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who arrived at Arsenal following a £55 million move from Borussia Dortmund, is cup-tied in the Europa League, putting more pressure on Lacazette ahead of next week's return in Moscow.

"We can't jump stages".

Arsenal, which has now won five games in a row in all competitions, goes into next Thursday's second leg in the Russian capital in a commanding position.

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