Aaron Ramsey may not be quite fit enough to face Ludogorets away in the Champions League on Tuesday. That’s the verdict of Arsene Wenger, who handed the Wales midfielder some game time in the 4-1 Premier League win at Sunderland on Saturday.
Rambo has been sidelined since the opening day defeat at the Emirates against Liverpool, and, despite his return the Gunners boss feels a comeback from the start of a game may be too much too soon.
Significantly, Olivier Giroud announced his return to fitness with two goals to add to the brace scored by Alexis Sanchez in a convincing victory over the struggling Black Cats.
Wenger said of Ramsey: “He is a player who is box-to-box so overall he pushes the team forward. That is what we want in our side. He can play in holding midfield, he can play if needed on the flanks as well. That’s where he is not happy but he can play there as well”.
“He has a tremendous drive, he’s a bit Lampard-ish you know, where he likes to get in the box, likes to shoot from distance and has similar quality”.
“I don’t know about Ludogorets. I will have to analyse all that now, with Xhaka back. We play now in the Champions League and then we play Tottenham. So I have to see who I rest and who I play without diminishing the chance of the team to win the game”.
Wenger also had praise for the two goal scorers at Sunderland.
He said: “Credit to both of them in their own ways. Olivier’s just come back from injury so he’s come in and shown how important he is for the team”.
“Alexis obviously deserves everything he gets for the work that he puts in on the pitch and every day in training. He’s a world class striker and with 50 goals for him, you feel like there’s only more to come.”