Ahead of the Gunners clash against Middlesbrough on Saturday, manager Arsene Wenger has some good news about Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The Welshman was brilliant for his country at the Euros, making four assists and scoring a goal. Gooners were hoping that they would get to see the best of Ramsey this season, but he suffered a hamstring injury in the club’s very first game of the new season against Liverpool.
The 25-year-old has been out for more than two months, even though he was initially ruled out for one month. Wenger has some good news in this regard, as he has revealed that Ramsey is almost fit to return.
“Ramsey is progressing well and I believe fitness-wise he is 90 per cent there. His potential return could be not against Reading on Tuesday, but maybe Sunderland,” said the Frenchman, according to the official club website.
However the Arsenal manager had some grim news about another of his player. Striker Danny Welbeck has been out with an injury since May, and his manager has said that a return is still far off in the horizon.
“He could be back in January. After that let’s not forget he was already out for a year, so we might have to be patient,” said Wenger.
“To get him back to a really competitive level… it will certainly take two months of competition to get back to his best. No [he is not out running yet], he will be starting to run in two weeks.”
Arsenal seem to be doing alright without the injured duo though, and they should not have much of a tough time against the Boro. The Gunners sit second on the Premier League table, below Man City only on goal difference.
The resurgent Theo Walcott, dexterous Mesut Ozil and winger turned striker Alexis Sanchez are firing in the goals for the Gunners. Summer signing Mustafi has formed a great partnership with Laurent Koscielny at the heart of defence, and another summer signing in Granit Xhaka has played well in central midfield. All of them are expected to start this weekend.