Arsene Wenger has revealed his regret at playing Aaron Ramsey against Watford, suggesting the midfielder could have been 'overloaded' while on international duty with Wales.
The Arsenal midfielder played the full 90 minutes in both of their Euro 2016 qualifying games - including the win over Andorra when they had already qualified for next summer's tournament.
And Wenger rues his decision not to give the 24-year-old a rest before the Gunners' crucial Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
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A hamstring injury forced the Welshman to withdraw just before the hour mark against the Bavarian club and he now faces a month on the sidelines.
As per the Telegraph, Wenger said: "Maybe he was overloaded a little bit with games. Ideally I think not him nor Bale should have played against Andorra because they were qualified, but, unfortunately, I could not decide that.
"I was in a position after that where I thought I could rest him against Watford. In the end, I didn't do it and of course after, against Bayern, I had not much choice and we got punished.
"Ideally he should have had a breather, or at Watford. Realistically, the real breather he could have had was against Andorra."
Asked whether he regretted the decision, Wenger responded: "Yes, because he got injured."
Ramsey has often voiced his desire to play through the middle, but the Welshman has never shirked responsibility playing out wide.
Having endured a tough start to the season, the former Cardiff City man got himself back among the goals at Vicarage Road in one of his best performances of the season.
His injury will come as a huge blow to the Gunners, but it may give Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a chance to prove his credentials to Wenger.
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