Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will not rush back Aaron Ramsey back from injury and the midfielder will be sidelined for several more weeks.
The Wales midfielder is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem that he picked up in the season-opening 4-3 defeat to Liverpool.
Wenger revealed in August that he knew Ramsey was carrying a slight hamstring niggle before he hobbled off shortly after the hour mark against Liverpool and now he is not taking any risks with the player, who missed much of pre-season due to his Euro 2016 action.
“Next week will come too early,” said Wenger when asked about the 25-year-old. “We have decided that we will give him a complete pre-season now, even if he misses more games.”
“I’m disappointed because he has worked very hard and he had a few little setbacks that forced us to be cautious with him.
“He’s on the last stage, he’s building up his fitness.”
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Former Wales coach Raymond Verheijen in August blasted Ramsey and Wenger after the midfielder’s latest injury setback.
Verheijen suggested it is time Ramsey took responsibility and “stopped gambling with his career”, while he believes it may be time for the Wales midfielder to leave The Emirates to solve his injury problems once and for all.
Verheijen wrote on Twitter: “Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger takes responsibility by admitting he rushed back Aaron Ramsey.”