Injury blow: Ramsey suffered a thigh tear earlier this month

By Harvey Byrne

Aaron Ramsey suffered an injury in Arsenal’s opening Premier League game against Liverpool and Chris Coleman has said that he’s surprised his player wasn’t given an extended break.

The 25-year-old starred in five matches for his country during Euro 2016, only missing the semi-final match against Portugal through suspension.

The Wales and Arsenal star started the season opener, but he was forced off on the hour mark against the Reds after suffering a hamstring injury.

It was confirmed that Ramsey would miss his national team’s World Cup qualifying match against Moldova and Coleman has stated that the injury could have been prevented.

“I think we all expected Aaron to (miss the start of the season),” said Coleman to The Mirror, “so I don’t know what happened between then and when he ended up on the pitch.

“Obviously only Arsenal can answer that. I think Arsenal have a certain way of doing things

“A lot has been said about their injury list, they’re doing the same things now as they’ve always done – they’re not going to change now.

“That’s up to them, Aaron is Arsenal’s player. But I’ve got to say that I’m disappointed because we’ve lost a great player – and I think anyone would understand that disappointment.

“I’m not going to say ‘In hindsight’ because I’m doing a job myself and I make decisions and sometimes look back and think I shouldn’t have made that decision.

“So I won’t use that against Arsenal. Could it have been prevented? Possibly, yes. But the fact is we haven’t got him, unfortunately.”

Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil were all allowed extra time to recover, with Wales getting knocked out at the same time as Ozil’s Germany side in France.

Ramsey’s injury will keep him out for a month and after missing the Leicester game at the weekend, he’ll also sit out the Watford game on Saturday and the World Cup qualifier.

The Gunners have suffered with injuries in the new campaign with Alex Iwobi, Gabriel Paulista, Per Mertesacker, Carl Jenkinson and Danny Welbeck alongside Ramsey in the treatment room.

In other Arsenal team news, Patrick Vieira has taken a swipe at the Gunners for their coaching set-up.