WENGER OPENS UP ON RAMSEY AND BELLERIN
Arsene Wenger has opened up on Ramsey’s injury as the player remains on the sidelines.
The Arsenal boss said the Welsh midfielder will remain sidelined for sometime as he is working on his match fitness.
“Ramsey will not be available. I’m disappointed because he has worked very hard and he had a few little setbacks that forced us to be cautious with him, said Wenger.
The Gunners seem to have handled the absence of the Euro 2016 well enough, but fans are anxious for his return to action at least to provide depth.
“Next week will also come too early. We have decided that we will give him a complete pre season now, even if he misses more games,” Wenger added.
On Barcelona and Manchester City trying to lure Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin away from the Emirates, Wenger said:
“Of course his future is at Arsenal. That’s why I’m surprised by the speculation. He has nearly three years to go [on Bellerin’s current contract] and we always try get the players to the level where we think they deserve to be.”
Senior squad member at Arsenal, Santi Cazorla also waded into the issue, providing useful advice for Bellerin and other young players.
“Ten years ago I was a young lad like Hector Bellerin and now I’m a veteran,” the 31-year old Spaniard started.
“As a senior player, you always try to set an example to the younger ones to help develop the next generation of footballers and that’s what I try to do in the dressing room. When they start out in football, things often take them by surprise – especially when they’re riding high.
“They may be in a new team and everything is going brilliantly and it all seems like it’s a beautiful dream but things can change, and then suddenly they have to cope with criticism and people not being happy with their performance,” he added. He advised the young players at the club t handle criticism better as it was important as a footballer.