Aaron Ramsey says criticism directed at him this season is unfair claiming a spate of minor injuries ,mean he’s still not fully fit.
The Welsh midfielder has looked a shadow of the player that so often caught the eye last year with pundits and even his own manager urging him to take his game back to basics.
Last season the goals flowed for the 23-year-old – he netted 16 in 34 appearances for the Gunners – but this year an eagerness to find the back of the net has, at times, resulted in poor decision-making in the final third.
Speaking after yesterday’s 0-0 draw between Wales and Belgium, Ramsey offered an explanation for his wayward form.
“It was tough out there. But I’m not worried. I know my qualities. I’ve had a few injuries this season and I’m just getting back.
“To be honest, I’m still not 100 per cent physically there. It does take a bit out of me. It will take me a few more games to be back to my best. I’m not worried. Certain criticism from people is unfair.”
One of only a handful of first team members to have a full pre-season Ramsey suffered an ankle injury in early September, twisting it in an international against Andorra, before injuring his hamstring against Spurs which kept him sidelined for a further three weeks.
Unlike the Gunners six-man England contingent who are in Scotland for tomorrow’s friendly, Ramsey will be heading back to London Colney today following his international exploits meaning he has five days to get ready for the visit of Manchester United on Saturday evening.