By Chris Harris
Aaron Ramsey should be left alone to prepare for the trip to Stoke, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Wales international scored the winner against Manchester United last weekend and he is set to continue in Arsenal's midfield on Sunday with Cesc Fabregas still nursing a thigh injury.
Ramsey has not been to Britannia Stadium since he left there in an ambulance after having his leg broken last February, and the prospect of Ramsey coming face to face with the man who committed that challenge, Ryan Shawcross, was high on the agenda when Wenger faced the media ahead of Sunday's game.
The Arsenal manager was quick to play down the significance of their reunion.
"I think if you respect Aaron let him prepare the game and play his game. I have nothing special to say," said Wenger.
"When you play football you try to control the ball well and make a good pass. When you do not have the ball you try to win it back. And you do not look who is against you. The foul happened [more than a] year ago. We cannot want to have a clean game and prepare football games like that.
"I said that many times that only Aaron can forgive Shawcross. He has been hurt and I don't think that is a needed debate before the game.
"I believe Aaron is 20 years old, he has a long career in front of him, so the earlier he plays in Stoke the better it is. The only thing that is important is to focus, to play well and win the game.
"I would not like to go into that debate at all because I don't think it's very healthy, especially not from you [the media] or from me."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