Three Arsenal players were withdrawn at the KC Stadium as Wenger’s injury worries returned with a vengeance. Per Mertesacker was the first to be taken off in the game, picking up a concussion on 19 minutes after a collision with Nick Powell. The second half saw Wenger’s other centre-back, Gabriel, taken off after an aerial collision with Hull striker Adama Diomande.
Aaron Ramsey replaced the defender, forcing Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal to the heart of a makeshift backline, but he lasted just nineteen minutes before hobbling off after Arsenal’s third goal. Wenger, who had to do without Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech in Saturday’s draw with Tottenham, is hopeful that he will not be without another two defenders for an extended period of time.
“Mertesacker has a cut on his eye so he should be fine,” he told BT Sport. “His was a concussion. Gabriel looks alright. “Ramsey, I’m a bit more concerned. He has a muscle or thigh injury. “Apart from that we played well though.” A recurrence of thigh problems represents a serious concern for Ramsey, who since December 2013 has missed 33 games through thigh injuries alone in addition to a further 12 due to a troublesome hamstring.