By Declan Taylor
Although Sunday will be an emotional occasion for Aaron Ramsey, Arsène Wenger’s team selection will not be clouded by sentiment.
Ramsey returns to his boyhood club when the Gunners meet Cardiff City in Sunday’s FA Cup Fourth Round and the 18-year-old is guaranteed a warm reception at Ninian Park.
However, the manager’s only concern is to emerge victorious from the tricky-looking tie.
At Friday’s pre-match press conference Wenger rejected claims that the homecoming may sway his decision on the teenager’s selection.
“We go there to qualify,” said the Frenchman. “The most important thing is that the team goes out on Sunday and plays to win the game.
“I love Aaron Ramsey and I believe he will be a great player for Arsenal Football Club but we don’t go there for a testimonial.
“I must say I am not tempted to play him because of the occasion but I’m not tempted to leave him out either. I will consider the whole week we have to go through and I will play him if it will help us to qualify.”
“I’m very happy with Aaron and I believe he will be a very important player for the Club. He is ahead of schedule and I’m impressed by what he has done by now but he is only 18.”Copyright 2014 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 23 Jan 2009