By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger believes Aaron Ramsey was appointed Wales captain too soon after returning from his long-term injury.

The midfielder was given the armband by manager Gary Speed ahead of a Euro 2012 qualifier against England during March and led his country out for the 2-0 defeat in Cardiff. All of which came just a week after making his first Arsenal start in over a year at West Brom.

Wenger feels Ramsey could have done without the added pressures that comes with captaining your country while he was still searching for full fitness.

“I am very, very happy for him [but] I feel the Welsh period came a bit early for him,” said the manager.

“I really feel it was a bit too much pressure on him after not being completely ready himself. He had, at that stage, to focus on his own shape and all the duties of a captain.

“I think it was a period where he needed more time to focus on his own performance and that he was a bit too much under pressure for that. Now I feel he is nearly there.”

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