Arsenal have been handed a fitness boost after Aaron Ramsey was involved in full training ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener against Man City.
The Gunners face the champions in Unai Emery’s first game in charge hoping for a good start to the season, so having as many players fit and available as possible is a bonus.
The Welsh international pulled out of the friendly against Chelsea in Dublin last week with a last-minute calf strain, and he also missed the final warm-up game against Lazio in Stockholm.
However, it looks as if he’ll be ready for Sunday and that’s good news. Unai Emery will hold a press conference tomorrow at which we’ll get a full injury update, and news on who might fill it at left-back if Nacho Monreal can’t play – Sead Kolasinac has already been ruled out for two months.
Meanwhile, hopes that the 27 year old was on the verge of committing his future to the club were dampened somewhat by an update from the BBC’s David Ornstein.
In a Tweet dismissing reports of a €100m move for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, he said, “#AFC optimistic on Ramsey contract but not close.”
Reports of Arsenal bid for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele false. As previously reported incoming business completed a month ago. Were open to exceptional deal if chance arose (admire & have links to Dembele) but never realistic. #AFC optimistic on Ramsey contract but not close
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 9, 2018
This is contrary to stories from earlier in the week which said we were close. Closer than close. Closer than you could ever imagine us.
So there you go.