Aaron Ramsey believes that Jack Wilshere’s extended absence is a major setback for Arsenal, but hopes that the England midfielder will regain fitness as soon as possible.
Wilshere has been ruled out of action for at least two months, having already been sidelined for six weeks having limped out of the Emirates Cup.
Speaking as captain of Wales ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier with England at Wembley, Ramsey told assembled press:
“I know he’s been struggling with his ankle. It’s a big blow, he had a massive season last season he showed to everyone what he is capable of doing.
“I thought we played pretty well together in pre-season so it’s a big blow for us and Arsenal. Hopefully now he can just get back as quick as possible and makes a speedy recovery from it.”
In a separate interview answering questions from Gunners fans on Arsenal Player, the Welshman also outlined what he felt he needed to improve upon this season, while maintaining that the team as a whole needs to get stronger defensively.
“Defensively [is an area]. Knowing what sort of position to take up when we’ve lost the ball and to help keep the shape. I just want to improve that.”
“I think the way we play in an attacking sense is really good, we create lots of opportunities. Maybe we just need to tighten up as a team and stop conceding sloppy goals like we did at the back end of last season.”