The good news for Arsenal fans from last night’s Euro 2016 semi-final between Wales and Portugal is that we can now rest assured that the central midfield star Aaron Ramsey has come through the tournament without picking up an injury of any kind and so will be fit and ready to help Arsenal when the new season kicks off in about a month.
For those of us hoping that Chris Coleman’s dragons would keep their amazing summer of shocks going and knock out Portugal and Ronaldo it was a disappointing night and probably the worst performance yet from the Welsh.
The main problem seemed to be in midfield as well, with Joe Allen, Andy King and Joe Ledley struggling to have much of an influence and to link their defence and attack and the obvious thing to look at here is how much they missed the suspended Arsenal star Ramsey.
I would have to say quite a lot because Rambo has been huge for them so far, providing the most assists of the Euros so far and getting on the scoresheet himself. His great energy and precision passing was a major factor in the Wales system and he also made the players around him play better, just like his Arsenal team mate Mesut Ozil who will be in the second semi tonight does.
Will this tournament and the way that Wales suffered in his absence ensure that Arsene Wenger has Aaron Ramsey as a first choice starter for Arsenal?