By Giuseppe Muro

Fifty-six minutes of first-team football for Arsenal was just what Aaron Ramsey needed, according to Arsène Wenger.

Following a substitute appearance against Manchester United last weekend, the Wales midfielder made his first Arsenal start in more than a year at the Hawthorns on Saturday. It was a welcome sight for his team-mates, manager and fans alike.

After understandably taking a while to find his range, the 20-year-old performed well and nearly got himself on the scoresheet when he fired straight at Scott Carson from close range after Robin van Persie’s looping header hit the bar.

Ramsey was replaced by Nicklas Bendtner just before the hour as Arsenal searched for parity and his manager says the outing was just what was required.

“He needs these kind of games,” said Wenger after the 2-2 draw with West Brom.

“I think he has a good opportunity to score in the first half [and] there was not a lot of space after.

“Ramsey was injured in February last year and we always knew that to be back playing again [would take] nine months and [to be playing] competitively in the Premier League [would take] one year. That is what has happened.”

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21 Mar 2011