By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger believes that his policy of blooding youngsters bodes well for Aaron Ramsey.

The 17-year-old put in a superb performance for Wales Under-21s on Tuesday night and capped a man-of-the-match display with a stunning 30-yard strike.

The manager has rewarded the ex-Cardiff midfielder with a place in his squad to face Everton and believes there is no better place for Ramsey to learn his trade.

“He is close [to the first team] because he is in the squad tomorrow,” said Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

“He is 17 and a half years old, you have to be realistic as well. I think nowhere in the world do players so young get regular chances in the squad as much as here at Arsenal Football Club.

“On top of that, you cannot rush me to make it any quicker.”

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