Arsene Wenger has told the matchday programme that he believes Aaron Ramsey is ‘mentally stronger’ after his exploits with Wales in the summer.
Wales, against all expectation, reached the semi-final of the Euros in the summer and Aaron Ramsey was one of the stand out stars of the tournament.
He paid a heavy price for his team’s run in the competition, however. Suffering a thigh muscle problem against Liverpool, he only returned to action last weekend against Sunderland with his first start since the opening day coming midweek in Bulgaria.
Ramsey has two assists in those one-and-a-bit games.
“I’ve never met a football player who is patient – they all think when they come back that they are 100 per cent there,” Wenger said.
“That’s normal, and that’s what you want them to be.
“He’s ready to play, he’s ready to fight.
“Aaron gives us specific qualities, such as getting into the box, playing forward and having the drive to push the team up the pitch. But of course it’s not magic. It’s a slow process to come back to your best.”
Wenger never likes to leave Ramsey out when he is fit, but I think we will see him be cautious with the Welshman, especially as Chris Coleman drafted him as soon as he learned he was able to walk.