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Arsenal suffer Podolski setback

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Podolski was injured in Arsenal's win over Fenerbahce © Getty Images
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Arsenal have been dealt another fitness headache with the news that Lukas Podolski's hamstring injury is worse than first feared.

Podolski, 28, was stretchered off during Arsenal's 2-0 win over Fenerbahce which sealed their place in the group stage of the Champions League.

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Gunners boss Arsene Wenger initially said the Germany international would be out for three weeks, but the French coach said on Thursday that he now expects to be without Podolski for up to ten weeks.

He told the club's official website: "It is bad news about Lukas Podolski as he will be out for eight to ten weeks. His hamstring is much more damaged than we thought at the start.

"It is very disappointing and we have paid a very heavy price for that win [over Fenerbahce]. We have to be patient now."

There was better news regarding the fitness of midfield duo Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, with the knocks the pair suffered against Fenerbahce only minor, meaning they will be available for Sunday's game against Tottenham.

Podolski's lengthy absence puts yet more pressure on Wenger to spend, with Yaya Sanogo the only arrival to date -- although Mathieu Flamini is expected to arrive on a free transfer.

Wenger is already without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen, with the former suffering a knee injury on the opening day of the season that will keep him out for three months.

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