Bad news as Emery confirms 28-year-old will not be in Arsenal squad for Valencia

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed a major injury blow for his side ahead of the clash with Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

The Gunners have been in horrible form in the Premier League over the last two weeks and they will be hoping that changes sooner or later before the campaign is brought to an end later this month.

After losing away at Everton in early April, Arsenal appeared to have gotten back on track with wins over Napoli and Watford but the Gunners were brought back down to earth when they lost at home to Crystal Palace just over a week ago.

One man who was not involved in that defeat to Palace was Aaron Ramsey, after suffering a hamstring strain in the trip to Napoli in the Europa League.

The Welshman’s absence has been a big deal for the Gunners, who have now lost their last three games on the bounce in all competitions.

There was some hope over whether Ramsey could be back for the clash with Valencia but Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed that the 28-year-old will not be available at all.

“Yes. We cannot use him,” Emery confirmed during his pre-Valencia press conference at London Colney on Wednesday afternoon. “We have players but really he was in a good moment when he got his injury.

“For me it’s a good experience with him.. His heart is red. I want to enjoy with him. I want to do something important with him.

“He is not on the pitch but he is with us.”

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