Jamie Redknapp: Why Arsenal really missed Aaron Ramsey

Jamie Redknapp explains why Aaron Ramsey's return has been key for Arsenal

Jamie Redknapp says Aaron Ramsey has returned from injury at the perfect time for Arsenal ahead of Monday night’s clash against Manchester City.

The Wales international has scored two goals and has made two assists in the north London side’s last three games in all competitions.

The timing of Ramsey getting back into the team – like the timing of his runs – has been perfect

Jamie Redknapp

Ramsey returned to the Arsenal starting line-up in November after the Gunners midfielder missed a month with a hamstring problem.

Arsene Wenger’s injury crisis has worsened in recent weeks with midfielders Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta all suffered fitness setbacks.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur captain Redknapp explained why Ramsey’s return to the north London club has been key in recent weeks.

“When they lost Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla I thought that was the end for them,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“Without Alexis Sanchez, as well, it seemed like they were set for a terrible run. But they’ve stuck together – and the return of Ramsey has been key.

“The timing of Ramsey getting back into the team – like the timing of his runs – has been perfect. They really needed him back and he’s added a goal threat.

“He’s a quality player and, when you’re lining up against him in the tunnel before the game, you know you’re up against it. He’s a great athlete, scores goals and gives that midfield energy.”

Ramsey has scored three times and has made one assist in 13 Premier League games so far this season.

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The Welshman is expected to line up for Arsenal against their Premier League title rivals Manchester City at The Etihad on Monday night.

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