Even though Arsenal and Wales midfielder Ramsey was supposed to be back before the international break and has already returned to training after being out with a hamstring injury since the opening game of the Premier League season, he will not be fit enough to feature on Saturday when Swansea City and their new manager Bob Bradley come to north London.
Ramsey had previously suffered pain when he tried to again push himself and it was decided that he should take a longer-term approach to his recovery – especially after missing most of the pre-season following Euro 2016 – and he is unlikely to be again rushed back.
According to the Daily Star the Welshman is not ready yet but with plenty of other options available to Arsene Wenger in central midfield, this should not be much of a problem for the Gunners this weekend. In fact, the Frenchman will still have a difficult choice to make and there has been a strong feeling that Granit Xhaka is going to miss out.
The Swiss international has done well for Arsenal in recent weeks and his confidence will be high after getting the captain’s armband for his country for the first time. The problem is that Francis Coquelin is available again after his minor injury problem.
He is back in full first-team training and will be in contention to reclaim his place after missing the last the last two matches with the knee injury he sustained in the 3-0 win against Chelsea.
Not only does Wenger really like the combination of Coquelin and Cazorla in the middle, as proved by him starting them over Xhaka when all were fit, but the combative Frenchman and the sublime Spaniard have not been away on international duty so should be that bit fresher.
The Arsenal boss has to be cautious also about rotating his squad from now on with games coming thick and fast but he will want to get off to a flying start and will expect the Swans to give every effort for their new manager. So will Xhaka have to wait until the Champions League match against Ludogorets on Wednesday for his next game? Time will tale!
The Champions league match against Ludogorets Razgrad next Wednesday is one possible target for Ramsey but the Premier League match against Middlesbrough is more likely, or then the Capital One Cup last 16 tie with Reading.
Although Ramsey is usually an automatic starter, Arsene Wenger has less incentive now than he did on the opening day of the season to accelerate his return. Theo Walcott has once again emerged this season in an attacking role on the right that had been Ramsey’s usual position while Xhaka, Coquelin, and Cazorla have all been in good form in the centre, where Mohamed Elneny is another option.