Aaron Ramsey has hinted he’ll miss the start of the new Premier League season after confirming he now has three weeks off after Wales’ exciting EURO 2016 campaign was ended by Portugal.
After impressing throughout the tournament the midfielder had to sit out last night’s semi-final defeat to Portugal following his costly yellow card in the win over Belgium.
The 25-year-old will return from France tomorrow, along with the rest of Chris Coleman’s squad, and will likely be given a heroic welcome in Cardiff before heading off on holiday.
“I am back [at Arsenal] on August 1, so I have a few weeks off but, obviously, it kicks off a couple of weeks afterwards,” Ramsey confirmed.
“A few years ago, Germany won the World Cup and the German players came in just a few days before the first game of the season, but they missed that.
“He [Wenger] does like to give players a little break and I’ll be getting the same treatment. I feel I need a few weeks off now.”
Reflecting on his impressive showing in recent weeks, Ramsey added: “Before the tournament, I was really keen to do well and stand up and be noticed. I feel that I’ve done that.
“It helps playing in this team, as well, but I wanted to personally do my best and I think I have.”
Assuming we don’t suffer a pre-season injury crisis it’s likely that Ramsey’s absence will be covered by the likes of Jack Wilshere, Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and new boy Granit Xhaka.
Mesut Ozil, so influential last season, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny also risk missing the first game of the new campaign against Liverpool (now on Sunday 14 August) given they too are still involved in France.