Aaron Ramsey fit for Community Shield clash

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be returning to training ahead of the club’s Community Shield game against Chelsea over the weekend.

The Wales international missed the open training session on Thursday, and this led to suggestions that he may have suffered an injury which could potentially keep him out of the Wembley showpiece on Sunday.

The Welshman has had his injury concerns over the years with his 2016/17 season being disrupted in the season opener against Liverpool where he suffered a hamstring problem. To add to the misery, he produced one of his worst performances against Watford in the second half of the campaign where his lack of mental awareness allowed the Hornets to bag two goals before being subbed halfway through the first period with an injury.

With Alexis Sanchez just having returned to full training, Ramsey has been identified as the player who could potentially produce the moment of magic when required, and Wenger has assured that both he and Ozil will train on Saturday after having recovered from minor muscle and ankle problems respectively, he said:

“Today in training we didn’t have [Mesut] Ozil, but he should be alright, and [Aaron] Ramsey, who should be alright as well. Ramsey had a little muscular problem, and Ozil a little ankle problem. They will train on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, Francis Coquelin is set to miss the Shield game versus the Blues after Wenger confirmed that it would take a minimum of at least two weeks for the midfielder to overcome his ankle issue sustained during the first Emirates Cup game against Benfica. Arsenal have been hugely successful in the Community Shield in recent times after having beaten Manchester City and Chelsea in the past three years, but they will hope to clinch another ahead of their Friday night Premier League opener against Leicester City.