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Lukas Podolski will be out for three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in Arsenal's 2-0 Champions League qualifying victory over Fenerbahce.

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Lukas Podolski: Stretchered off against Fenerbahce

Lukas Podolski: Stretchered off against Fenerbahce

The Germany international pulled up moments after the restart at The Emirates on Tuesday following a burst down the left and was taken off the field on a stretcher.

The forward will now miss Sunday's north London derby against Tottenham and is expected to sit out a Premier League trip to Sunderland, as well as his country's World Cup qualifiers against Austria and the Faroe Islands.

"We paid a heavy price on the injury front because we lost Podolski," manager Arsene Wenger said after a victory that secured his side's place in the group stage for the 16th successive season.

"Podolski's definitely out for 21 days."

Aaron Ramsey, who scored both goals, also went off towards the end of a bruising encounter with a groin problem, while Jack Wilshere felt the force of several crunching tackles, but Wenger is optimistic both will be available to face Spurs.

"I don't know how bad Ramsey is. I don't know how Wilshere responds. We have to check that (Wednesday) morning," Wenger added.

"The two tackles on Wilshere were disappointing, but he looks all right. Jack should be all right for Sunday. I'm hopeful on Aaron as well.

"I took him off with three or four minutes to go, but I don't know how bad it is. He wanted to stay on."

Wenger revealed he had wanted to take Wilshere off following one meaty challenge late in the second half but revealed the England star was also determined to carry on.

"I would've played with 10 men," the Frenchman said. "We were 2-0 up, they had to score five goals in 10 minutes. Even with 10 men we could have avoided that."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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