Arsenal last night confirmed that midfielder Aaron Ramsey has clinched a loan move to Championship outfit Nottingham Forest until January 3rd 2011…surely this is a step in the right direction for the Welshman?
The 19-year-old has been out of action for over 8 months after suffering a horrific leg break which undoubtedly stunted his development. However, the midfielder is determined to regain his full fitness, and earlier in the week played his first 45 minutes of football since February 27th with the Arsenal reserve team.
According to the clubs official website, Ramsey has been sent out on loan in order to ‘regain match fitness and sharpness’. The club also added:
“Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Aaron the best of luck during his time with Nottingham Forest and we all look forward to seeing him once again in an Arsenal shirt in the New Year.”
The midfielder signed for Arsenal in 2008 from Cardiff City, and has so far managed to make 51 appearances (in all competitions) and netted 5 goals for the North London club. Wenger has paid homage to the youngster in the past by describing him as “An offence-minded Roy Keane” and “an all-round player, with a fantastic ability to cover distances”.
Even at a young age, Ramsey is considered to be a key part of the Welsh line-up and has appeared for his country 11 times to date. In the summer, the midfielder signed a new long-term contract with the club, which no doubt delighted the Arsenal faithful and Wenger alike.
It’s great to see Aaron Ramsey finally back in an Arsenal jersey after such a lengthy absence, even if it was only for 45 minutes. The loan move to Nottingham Forest will certainly do wonders for the youngster’s fitness, as well as give him confidence and the belief that may have deserted him.
The two clubs have only reached an agreement for a month loan deal for Ramsey, but if Wenger doesn’t see him making any appearances for Arsenal this season, then I would suggest that he extends his stay at the Championship outfit for a longer duration to get games under his belt. Nonetheless, this is definitely a step in the right direction for the 19-year-old’s road to fitness.
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