By Chris Harris
Aaron Ramsey's attitude has been "first-class" throughout his rehabilitation, according to the man who oversaw his comeback match.
Neil Banfield's Reserve team featured Ramsey for the first half of Tuesday's 2-1 win over Wolves and the Wales midfielder emerged unscathed - if understandably tired - from his first appearance since suffering a double leg fracture at Stoke nine months ago.
Banfield has seen Ramsey at close quarters since the 19-year-old was hurt in February and the second-string manager has nothing but praise for the way he has conducted himself on the long road back to fitness.
"He’s been first class," Banfield told Arsenal.com. "His application and attitude in getting back to training and getting fit has been outstanding.
"It’s always extremely pleasing when someone comes back after such a horrific injury. Breaking your leg is obviously one of the worst ones you can get. To see him running around freely is a testament to the medical staff at the Club and his attitude to getting fit. It’s fantastic to see him playing again.
"I think he had a good run out [against Wolves]. He was obviously puffing a little bit but we used the game for what we wanted him to do and hopefully the next game will be 60 minutes and we will go from there."
On the evidence of Tuesday's game Ramsey's touch is still intact. Just as importantly, given what happened in February, he did not shy away from the physical side of the game.
"I think obviously there were going to be a few nerves for his first game and his first tackle, he wants to get through and he’s going to be a bit wary of things," said Banfield. "But he’s got through fine and we can go from there.
"When he first received the injury a lot of people spoke to him but it’s always in the back of your mind until you play. You think 'it’s my injury and how am I going to be when I put the boots on and go through that first tackle and first challenge?’ But he came through very well."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source