With Arsenal about to undergo a tough start to the new Premier League season, with a trip to the reigning champions Leicester City to come after the opening game at home to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, having big players like Per Mertesacker, Gabriel and Danny Welbeck out of action is hardly ideal.
So having to also do without players that were involved in the summer tournaments of the Copa America and Euro 2016 was just what the doctor did not order. Thankfully, though, the ankle injury of Alexis Sanchez was not as bad as we feared and the Chilean managed to play most of the match against Man City at the weekend.
We kind of knew that super Sanchez would hit the ground running and so it proved as he looked sharp, but I for one was not so confident about the fitness of Aaron Ramsey, as the Welshman was involved with Wales much later than his Chilean teammate.
That is why it was so good to see Rambo complete over an hour against Pep Guardiola’s city team. He looked pretty good as well, and is reported by Arsenal.com declaring that he feels revved up and ready for action when the season starts this weekend.
The Welshman said, “It felt good to come in and play the last game before the start of the season. It’s good fitness for us and I felt good to get back out there again. I feel ready to go for Liverpool.
“Of course. It’s always a tough test against them, especially after going a goal behind as well in a pre-season game, but we did well to come back and win the game.
“This was preparation and a step in the right direction too. We’ll benefit from that. We’ve got one week now to get the last bit out of us before it all kicks off again.
“It was an amazing time for me personally and also Welsh football. It was an amazing achievement by the boys and now hopefully I can carry my form into the new season.”
It is great news for Arsenal that such a potentially important player as Ramsey is in the mood, so after his international heroics can we expect to see the same sort of form that won him our Player of the Season award two years ago?