COMMENTARY | Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey appears set to return from injury after positive feedback from team doctors.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Ramsey has been allowed to amp up his training regimen, with a goal of making his comeback from injury against Chelsea on March 22.
The Wales international has not featured in an Arsenal match since he was replaced during a 3-1 win over West Ham on Boxing Day. Ramsey was set to rejoin the team in January; however, the star midfielder aggravated his thigh injury during training and was forced to sit out another six to eight weeks.
Ramsey was most likely Arsenal's most effective player during the first half of the season. The 23-year-old scored 13 goals to go along with seven assists in the first five months of the season. Ramsey was also voted by fans as the team's player of the month for the first four months of the current season.
With Ramsey in the lineup, the Gunners were firing on all cylinders during the first half of the season. While the average number of Premier League points per match is relatively the same pre-Ramsey injury as post-Ramsey injury (2.16 points per match with Ramsey available to 2.12 points per match with Ramsey sidelined), the real difference seems to be the amount of Premier League goals scored by his team.
The Gunners scored an average of two goals per Premier League match before the Welshman was injured; however, the north London club has only managed to score 1.5 goals per Premier League match since Boxing Day.
Ramsey brings a certain offensive style and flair that current Arsenal central midfielders Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini simply cannot bring to the team. While the combination of Arteta and Flamini have performed admirably on the defensive side of the pitch, the duo have only chipped in with three total goals between them, with two of the three goals being penalty kicks from Arteta.
Having Ramsey healthy again will bring a major boost to the squad. If the Welshman is set to return against Chelsea next month, his first three potential Premier League matches back from injury could be against Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton.
Arsenal fans will be hopeful that Ramsey can help push the Gunners to the top of the Premier League standings when he returns to action.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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