Aaron Ramsey has confirmed that he will miss the first few weeks of Arsenal’s new season because he needs to rest.
As Arsene Wenger often tries to do when his players have been out on extended international duty over the summer, Rambo will get given extra time to rest, recuperate and relax before throwing himself into the new season.
The midfielder has been brilliant for Wales, who crashed out of the Euro semi-finals against Portugal on Wednesday, but with that comes the increased risk of injury next season, particularly given his past.
“I am back on the August 1 so I have a few weeks off but obviously it kicks off a couple of weeks afterwards,” he said to Standard Sport.
“I know [Arsene likes to give players a long rest] – a few years ago Germany won the World Cup and they came in just a few days before the first game of the season but they missed that.
“So he does like to give players a little break and I’ll be getting the same treatment. I feel I need a few weeks off now.”
As we all saw with Alexis Sanchez last season when he returned from winning the Copa America, rushing a player back to competitive football can really hinder their progress and their fitness can actually take a huge hit.
Therefore, Rambo taking a few weeks to actually have a break is completely normal and recommended. Hopefully, it does him good.