Aaron Ramsey has eased Arsenal injury fears he would miss the crucial Premier League clash with Manchester City with an ankle injury suffered on international duty with Wales.
However, the Gunners’ star man now hopes to be fit for the match at Emirates Stadium and insisted the injury was not too serious, though he blamed the 3G pitch for the injury in the win against Andorra.
"I'll be alright - the pitch was very hard there's no give in it so I rolled my ankle a bit," he is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
"Hopefully it will be nothing and I'll be available for Saturday. These are the games you want to play in and I'm looking forward to it."
Worst pitch ever
Gareth Bale’s sensational late free-kick secured a 2-1 victory for the Welsh, it was his second of the match after Andorra had taken the lead inside ten minutes after the award of a questionable penalty.
The Real Madrid star claimed after the game that the modern 3G surface was the worst pitch he had ever played on, and the players’ unfamiliarity with it was manifest in Ramsey’s injury.
The midfielder was dribbling with into the Andorra area when he was caught by the foot of a defender and fell to the ground in pain. Every Arsenal fan watching will have had their head in their hands at the sight of the midfielder in pain on the ground.
Ramsey has been the Gunners’ best player over the past year and a serious thigh injury suffered on Boxing Day last season was a major factor in their Premier League title challenge faltering.
Arsene Wenger will need his strongest team out for the arrival of Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday early afternoon and the Gunners’ manager will have been seriously worried when reports emerged last night that Ramsey was set to miss the match.
This latest news is encouraging for the French tactician, who is in need of a positive result against one of the top four Premier League teams following a series of disasters against them last season.
Not very dangerous yet
Another concern is that his side have looked a little laboured going forward, despite the £30million arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona this summer, and not quite as solid defensively.
However, the £16million addition of Danny Welbeck late of transfer deadline day should add something to the forward line and the Manchester United academy graduate is expected to make his debut against his former local rivals.