Arsene Wenger has admitted he could have handled Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey better this season.
Arsene Wenger has openly admitted that it’s his fault midfielder Aaron Ramsey was out of action for three months with a thigh problem.
The Welshman has only recently returned to the first team fold after picking up a problem on Boxing Day last year during Arsenal’s game away at West Ham United.
The boss has admitted that he overplayed the Arsenal star when rest should have been the course of action he took.
“Maybe we overplayed him a little bit. We should have rested him before he was injured. Ramsey and Ozil give us a cutting edge in the final third - that makes us look much more dangerous,” said the Arsenal boss.
The comments suggest that Wenger does feel a little pressured to keep his best, in form players in the side for as long as possible which could be one of the main reasons the Gunners pick up a lot of injuries.
Arsenal have been badly affected by a long injury list throughout the current season, with first team stars routinely picking up problems which have left the boss with team selection problems.
At times, they have been a side calling out for match winners all over the pitch which can prompt Wenger into making decisions that he’d ultimately avoid if the pressure was eased.
The good news is that Wenger is in a good position to dip into the summer transfer market, looking to improve the side and the size of the squad heading into the new campaign.
Arsenal’s fortunes may have been different had they been able to rely on the consistency of Ramsey for longer spells in the current campaign but the important news is that he’s back and doesn’t seem to have lost any form due to his lengthy absence.
As soon as the Gunners win silverware with the possibility of the FA Cup and secure fourth place in their battle against Everton, Wenger will rest key players who will feature in the World Cup this summer.
He has to do what is best for Arsenal and as soon as the club’s objectives and achievements for the season have been met, he needs to rest key players to decrease the chance they could develop injury this summer before pre-season.