Arsene Wenger has told Wales fans that starlet Aaron Ramsey will be back in good shape in order to make his international return for the Dragons against England at the Millennium Stadium on March 28, according to Wales Online.
The Frenchman does not believe Ramsey will be able to hit the heights of his potential immediately upon his return to the Gunners’ first team, but does feel that with a little match time both his fitness and match sharpness will return.
The 19-year-old only returned from a loan spell with Nottingham Forest last week, though unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions through the winter months he was unable to chalk up as much playing time as he would have liked.
The Welshman could be in line for a return against Leeds in the FA Cup this weekend, however, and Wenger said: “Aaron has been sorely missed but he has to come back to his level. He played on Monday, was off Tuesday but is back in with us.
“But people forget he has been out for nine months. To come back to your level takes at least two months.”
Gunners to get Samba.
Gunners look set to get their man as The Metro is reporting that target Christopher Samba prefers a move to the Emirates over Spurs and Chelsea.
The Blackburn defender is being chased by a host of clubs which also includes Fulham, with the possibility of a reunion with Mark Hughes, who first took Samba to Ewood Park.
The 26-year-old French-born Congolese international has not handed in a transfer request according to Rovers boss Steve Kean, though the player himself has made no secret of his disgust at the way former boss Sam Allardyce was dismissed.
Arsene Wenger has seemingly bowed to the consensus that he needs at least one more defender during the current transfer window if his maturing squad are to stand a chance at ending their trophy hoodoo, and 6ft 4in Samba fits the bill.
Nasri new contract.
Samir Nasri looks set to be rewarded for his superb form this season with a brand new contract at Arsenal, reports Sport.co.uk.
Talks regarding the future of the we-year-old “are going well” according to the player’s agent and father. He has been linked with a big-money move to Barcelona in recent days, but the Frenchman’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes insists Nasri wants to stay in north London, at least for the time being.
He said: “At the moment, he is with Arsenal and we are in discussions to extend his contract. We will see how Samir wants to take his career.”