Aaron Ramsey says he’s ready for next Sunday’s game with Liverpool despite playing only 63 minutes of pre-season football.
The Welsh international started in central midfield against Manchester City in yesterday’s 3-2 win in Gothenburg, his first appearance for the Gunners since his eye-catching performances for Wales at EURO 2016.
The midfielder delivered a composed performance in front of new teammate Granit Xhaka and could have opened the scoring when he headed Alexis’ cross just over in the first half.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the game, Ramsey also touched on the importance of making the most of the next few days.
“It felt good to come in and play the last game before the start of the season,” said the 25-year-old.
“It’s good fitness for us and I felt good to get back out there again. I feel ready to go for Liverpool.
He continued: “It’s always a tough test against them, especially after going a goal behind as well in a pre-season game, but we did well to come back and win the game.
“This was preparation and a step in the right direction too. We’ll benefit from that. We’ve got one week now to get the last bit out of us before it all kicks off again.”
Having been voted into UEFA’s team of the tournament following Wales’ run to the semi-finals of the European Championships, it’s fair to say that Ramsey is in confident mood. His next challenge is to carry on where he left off in France; a challenge he accepts.
“It was an amazing time for me personally and also Welsh football. It was an amazing achievement by the boys and now hopefully I can carry my form into the new season.”