By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger feels Aaron Ramsey's short-term loan move to Nottingham Forest is ideal as he searches for match fitness.
The Wales midfielder made his debut for Billy Davies' side in the final 30 minutes of the 1-0 defeat against Leicester on Monday night. It was Ramsey's first taste of competitive football since suffering a double leg fracture at Stoke in February.
Forest have another six fixtures before the 19-year-old is due to return to Arsenal at the start of January and Wenger feels getting competitive minutes under his belt is invaluable.
Ramsey returned in the Reserves last week and was expected to continue his progress there. Wenger admitted the deal was rushed due to Football League deadlines and added that the player made the final decision.
"He is fit but not competitively match-fit," said Wenger.
"I left him the choice to go where he wanted. There are seven games before January when he comes back and I thought that is the best way.
"I decided to give him a run in the Championship and if he manages to play four or five out of the seven he will be fit to play for us.
"We were a bit pushed by the deadline. To do it before Christmas we had to do it last week so I rushed a bit my decision but it was the only opportunity."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