Arsène Wenger has expressed his delight at Aaron Ramsey’s return to full training as he believes the midfielder “drives the team forward”.
The Wales international has been sidelined for more than three months with a thigh injury but could now be in contention for Sunday’s game at Everton.
Wenger is relieved to be able to call on the 23-year-old once more and is confident he will soon be back to his very best.
He's an all-round midfielder who can score goals and always drives the team forward. He's a real box-to-box player so it's good to have him backArsène Wenger
“[When you’re out for] three months, then it takes two or three weeks,” the manager said. “He has worked very hard for a while in training now. What he lacks is competition.
“He's an all-round midfielder who can score goals and always drives the team forward. He's a real box-to-box player so it's good to have him back.
“It's an area where we are short because we have many midfielders out. We have Wilshere and Ozil out in this area, so of course it's good to have him back.”
Wenger says Ramsey’s enforced absence - along with that of other key personnel - had deprived the team at a vital stage of the season.
“It's not one injury that has an impact on a squad like ours. It's the combined injuries of a few players in the same area who can create and score goals,” he said.
“That has an impact. At the same time we had Walcott, Wilshere, Ramsey and Ozil out, so you cannot say that you have exactly the same creativity and the same goalscoring opportunities we had before.”