Bad news for Tottenham! Arsenal key man could make return in time for grudge match

Influential midfielder Aaron Ramsey could be back just in time for Arsenal's highly-anticipated North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

23-year-old Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has arguably been one of the main driving forces behind Arsenal's title push this season, and an injury to their influential midfielder on Boxing day was tipped to be a pivotal moment in the Gunners push for silverware. 

Ramsey stole the headlines in the early part of the season after netting 7 goals in his first 10 Premier League games. It was an astonishing turnaround for a player that the season before was tipped for the Emirates scrapheap.

The injury to Ramsey was obviously a huge set back in the grand scheme of things and it could be argued that its a large part of why Arsenal have slipped to second place in the league standings.

The news over the player's return is good news for Arsenal fans, but bad news for Tottenham fans that are set to watch the dangerous Welshman return for the first time in nearly three months.

Ramsey will be hoping to get back into the swing of things quicker than last time he had a major injury, with him revealing after the Stoke City game in September that it took him a while to get back to full confidence after his double-break in his leg back in February 2010.

''it takes a long time to mentally overcome it [his injury]. It was from last Christmas, that's when I was getting back to my best,'' Ramsey said.

''That is when I felt confident and when I was getting stuck in. To get over that kind of injury takes a year - probably a bit longer. You must keep believing and working hard, and it just feels, all of a sudden, that it clicks into that bubble and you are full of confidence.''

Arsenal fans will definitely be hoping the midfielder hits the ground running because after the Tottenham match they face Chelsea and Everton away, and Manchester City at home in between those fixtures. 

It could prove to the make-or-break part of Arsenal's season, as the games after that point are relatively kind for their run in. 

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