Poor old Aaron Ramsey came back from his summer break with some brilliant performances for Wales under his belt, but after being played (maybe a little too early?) in Arsenal’s very first game against Liverpool he suffered a hamstring injury, and has made just one start since then.
But he will definitely be starting for Wales tonight against Serbia, with his national manager Chris Coleman saying the Gunner’s midfielder is undoubtedly world class. “I’ve seen him up close in a tournament; I’ve seen the level he’s at,” Coleman said.
“In my personal opinion there’s not a team on the planet he couldn’t play for when he’s at his best. That’s not a biased opinion because I’m a Welshman and we all love ‘Rambo’. I’m looking at it clinically.
“Playing in a tournament, against the top teams, he was head and shoulders above.”
So despite worries about his fitness, Coleman assures Ramsey that he will be playing from the kickoff against the Serbs tonight. “Of course he’s going to start,” he said. “He looks great. However long he’ll last, physically, we don’t know, but we do know he’s generally probably one of the fittest players.”
Arsenal fans will be watching warily and hoping that Ramsey doesn’t suffer a relapse of his hamstring injury. Wenger had already said that he was going to be very careful with his comeback this time to give him a semblance of a new pre-season schedule. Let’s hope that he is ready this time. If Coleman is right it may be worth looking at the betting offers and having a bet on him to score the first goal at 15/2 tonight. I really hope he is fit enough to do himself justice.
If he is, will he really prove that he is world class? Is he really even good enough to be one of the first names on Arsenal’s team-sheet?