Aaron Ramsey made just his second appearance of the season during the 4-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday. The Welsh international had been sidelined with a hamstring strain picked up on the opening day against Liverpool, and he marked his return with an assist for Alexis Sanchez.
Even with huge competition for places in the midfield this season, Arsene Wenger is delighted to have the 25 year back, and says he has qualities which will come in very useful as this campaign picks up momentum.
“He is a player who is box-to-box so overall he pushes the team forward,” he said. “That is what we want in our side. He can play in holding midfield, he can play if needed on the flanks as well. That’s where he is not happy but he can play there as well.
“He has a tremendous drive, he’s a bit Lampard-ish you know, where he likes to get in the box, likes to shoot from distance and has similar quality.
The manager has to decide if he’s now fit enough to start games, but having been very cautious with him up until now, he might not feel inclined to play him from the start against Ludogorets.
“I don’t know,” he said when asked if Ramsey could play against the Bulgarian side on Tuesday night. “I will have to analyse all that now, with Xhaka back. We play now in the Champions League and then we play Tottenham.
“So I have to see who I rest and who I play without diminishing the chance of the team to win the game.”