England midfielder Jack Wilshere is ready to return to the Arsenal squad to replace the injured Aaron Ramsey, following his suspension for a gesture made towards fans in Arsenal’s 6-3 loss to Manchester City.

Wilshere has played the majority of this season on either flank for Arsenal, with Ramsey enjoying the best form of his career in the middle of the park. Since the start of the season, Ramsey has scored eight Premier League goals for Arsenal, providing six assists.

Wilshere has also enjoyed a goalscoring season, with two Premier League goals - more than any of his previous Premier League seasons.

The English midfielder has missed the last two games through suspension after making an ‘offensive and/or insulting gesture’ towards fans during Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be pleased that a well rested Wilshere will be returning to replace Aaron Ramsey, who suffered a thigh injury on Boxing Day that has been suggested will keep the Welshman out of action until February.

Speaking after the game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of the injury to Ramsey: "It looks [bad], it looks a thigh strain. The Christmas period is certainly over for him".

Arsenal travel to Newcastle on Sunday, with a win ensuring the Gunners will be top of the Premier League table at the halfway point of the season. Second placed Manchester City take on newly promoted Crystal Palace at home, while third placed Chelsea face fourth placed Liverpool. Just two points separate the Gunners from fourth position, and conspiring results could see them third at the end of the weekend.

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