Wenger regrets handling of Arsenal ace after injury setback

first_img Aaron Ramsey 1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits Aaron Ramsey’s injury setback could – and should – have been avoided.The Gunners midfielder faces misses up to five games after suffering a hamstring problem during the 2-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.Wenger believes Ramsey has been ‘overloaded’ with games in recent weeks and was not happy with Wales boss Chris Coleman’s decision to play the 24-year-old for 90 minutes against Andorra in Cardiff on October 13.But he also accepts that he too could have prevented the injury by resting Ramsey against Watford four days after he featured for his national team.“Aaron Ramsey, after international break, he has a chance to be back, so it is a three to four weeks job,” said Wenger, whose side host Everton on Saturday.“Maybe he was overloaded a little bit with games. Ideally I think not him nor [Gareth] 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 if he now regretted playing Ramsey at Watford, where he scored in the final goal of a 3-0 win, Wenger said: “Yes, because he got injured.”Wenger accepts clubs are somewhat powerless to prevent international managers from deploying their players in whatever manner they deem fit.“It is a point of friction between clubs and national teams,” said the Gunners boss, who in the past has seen the likes of midfielder Jack Wilshere sidelined with problems sustained while away with England.“I understand, when it’s official games, you do not want to interfere in that because the country is important and they have to win the games.“Once they play friendlies, or games where there is nothing at stake, you think they should accommodate the clubs as well.“It is difficult because it is sometimes common sense and you cannot predict every single situation with a rule. It is more down to a good co-operation between clubs and countries that is important.”last_img read more