Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will be patient with Aaron Ramsey and resist the temptation to rush the welsh midfielder back into action too quickly.
Ramsey had been in superb form during the first half of the season, and had scored 13 goals before Christmas. On Boxing Day during Arsenal’s trip to West Ham the midfielder came off with a thigh injury and hasn’t featured since.
Wenger confirmed that the player has suffered a “little setback” in his rehabilitation after initially thinking that Ramsey may return to the squad for Saturday’s game against Manchester City.
Wenger who also confirmed that both Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil would also miss the City game, told the press :
“Ramsey is progressing well, but we need to be patient for a few more weeks.
Nacho Monreal should be the first one back in training because he is just starting to run in the next few days.
We have to restore belief as well as we can and accept our position at the end of the season, but at the moment our focus is to recover from a high disappointment and recover for the next game.
It is a huge game.”
Arsenal also announced that they will play a pre-season friendly against the New York Red Bulls in the United States this summer. The game will take place on Saturday July 26 at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
Arsenal will come up against their all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry who now captains the Red Bulls. 2 other ex Premier League players also play for the Bulls and they are former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill and former Manchester City player Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Speaking to the club’s official website Wenger said :
“This will be a great chance to play in front of supporters who have not seen the team play before.
The New York Red Bulls will be midway through their season, so they will provide a good test.
Obviously it will be good to play against Thierry. He is a very special player in our club’s history and I know the players and the supporters will enjoy this very much.”