Wenger: I never considered selling Ramsey

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he never thought about selling Aaron Ramsey despite the Welshman's dip in form last season.

Ramsey has turned that around for the Gunners this term, scoring six goals in his last four matches for Wenger's side.

But there was speculation surrounding his future less than 12 months ago after a series of below-par performances from the 22-year-old.

Sections of the Emirates Stadium crowd jeered his every touch, but the Wales international has responded in stunning fashion this term and is undoubtedly the player of the season so far.

And Wenger has since revealed he never considered letting Ramsey go despite the poor form.

"I never thought about letting him go because I extended his contract at the period when he was not at his best," Wenger told talkSPORT.

"When you have a big injury before the age of 20 you come back and redevelop completely normally, but you need to get the psychological damage out of your head.

"I wasn't too worried but you never know how deep the impact is psychologically.

"It took him a long time to get over that [injury] completely. He had a little resistance to go into the fight for a long time, but now he is over it. He has a great engine, great spirit and has an obsession that he wants to always get better and that is a very good ingredient.

“He had a difficult period mid-season [last season] and people become impatient with him and he lost confidence. Sometimes you give the players a little rest and they can rebuild their confidence and think about their game and come back stronger. That is what happened to him.

“Every test like that you pass, you come back mentally stronger and it’s a good test. In our career we go through periods when people like you a bit less or hate you a bit more. If you can deal with that it makes you stronger.”

Ramsey's playing time has benefitted from the injury to Mikel Arteta, although the Spaniard could return to the first-team squad for the first time this campaign at the weekend.

Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and now Mesut Ozil have been Wenger's three in midfield, and it will be interesting to see how the Arsenal boss reshuffles his pack - if at all - to accommodate Arteta.

But it's certainly a good problem to have for the Gunners manager.

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