Arsene Wenger is delighted to have Aaron Ramsey back from injury after the midfielder made his first appearance in over two months as a second-half substitute during Arsenal's 4-1 win over Sunderland. The Welshman suffered a hamstring injury 61 minutes into the game against Liverpool which they lost 4-3 on the opening weekend of the ongoing campaign.
Ramsey was expected to be out for just four weeks, but a minor setback saw him sidelined for an extended period with the manager indicating that he had to undergo an entire pre-season training schedule to build match fitness. Wenger has likened the Wales international's qualities to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard and believes he can play at a number of positions despite midfield being his preferred choice.
Arsenal play Ludogorets away from home in the Champions League on Tuesday (1 November) and then welcome arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates Stadium and the French manager admitted that he is yet to decide his squad that will travel to Bulgaria. They beat the Bulgarian club 6-0 at home on the last matchday, and the manager could be tempted to rest his key players with one eye on the north London derby.
Ramsey could feature as he requires game time to build fitness, but Wenger will also have the services of Granit Xhaka, who has served his three-game domestic ban for picking up a red card during Arsenal's win over Swansea City.
"He is a player who is box-to-box so overall he pushes the team forward. That is what we want in our side. He can play in holding midfield, he can play if needed on the flanks as well. That's where he is not happy but he can play there as well," Wenger said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
"He has a tremendous drive, he's a bit Lampard-ish you know, where he likes to get in the box, likes to shoot from distance and has similar quality.
"I don't know. I will have to analyse all that now, with Xhaka back. We play now in the Champions League and then we play Tottenham," the Frenchman added regarding Ramsey's chances of starting the game against Ludogorets on Tuesday.
"So I have to see who I rest and who I play without diminishing the chance of the team to win the game."