The last thing Aaron Ramsey needs is a fresh curse hanging over him.
After scoring twice for Arsenal last October, no notable deaths were announced shortly thereafter; although Tom Petty's untimely passing earlier on that month was a close shave.
While pressure continues to mount for Arsene Wenger as the teams around them strengthen at a moment where the club is poised to lose both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, keen-eyed Arsenal fans have noticed an unwelcome trend developing this season regarding their Welsh midfielder.
Concerning both Ramsey and his often-injured teammate Jack Wilshire, it would appear that both are caught in quite an unfortunate injury spiral.
Having featured alongside one another for a combined 69 minutes this season, Arsenal fans are exploring all available options as to how this freak occurrence manages to repeat itself.
With Wilshire finally demonstrating a semblance of the form that Wenger seems certain he is capable of relaying on a more frequent basis, the Frenchman can't quite catch a break with pairing these two players at the same time.
When Ramsey is injured, Wilshire is fit. When Wilshire inevitably becomes unavailable, Ramsey returns - a baffling, frustrating synchronicity for beleaguered Arsenal fans and conspiracy hunters alike.
Wilshere injured as Ramsey comes back to fitness. The prophecy continues. One cannot live while the other survives.
— ∞ (@TheFalseNein) January 10, 2018
Ramsey must be close to fitness as Wilshire has now injured himself !
— Chris Peplow 🏴 (@chris2803) January 10, 2018
i don’t think i’ve ever seen ramsey and wilshere play together.
— Thando (@uShozi) January 10, 2018
Let's hope Wilshere isn't out injured forever again now, it always starts with something innocuous. Ramsey & Wilshere are destined to never be fit together
— K (@Smith_1886) January 10, 2018
While perhaps a bit overly hopeful, Arsenal fans have invested quite a lot of hope in the hypothesis that, when both fit, Arsenal will improve ... dramatically.
Wenger needs to find a way for Wilshire and Ramsey to play together when they’re eventually both fit. The third man in that equation needs to be able to defend better than the walls of Troy.
— Benjamin Hartrey (@benj8min) December 16, 2017
The most recent occurrence of what ought not quite yet to be deemed a curse came as Jack Wilshire limped-off during Arsenal's uninspiring first-leg 0-0 draw against Chelsea last night.
This, just at a moment when Ramsey is set to return from a month on the sidelines. A month, no less, where Wilshire managed to put together an unprecedented run of 7 appearances for the club.