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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Arsenal will be stronger when Ramsey returns

Aaron Ramsey will become an even stronger footballer after his injury ordeal and could be a major figure to help Arsenal win the Premier League title in coming seasons.

That is the opinion of former Cardiff City team-mate Chris Gunter, who is away with the Welsh squad preparing for their clash with Croatia without influential midfielder Ramsey.

The 19-year-old suffered a horrific injury during Arsenal's game with Stoke City in February after a shocking tackle by Ryan Shawcross.

That injury put Ramsey out of Arsenal's Premier League title race, and the club's injury crisis throughout the season was one reason they ultimately came up short and finished third.

Gunter has said he saw Ramsey last week and the midfielder is doing "really well" as he prepares on the long road to recovery.

The Nottingham Forest defender added: "He is hoping to start running in a few weeks, then there will be three or four more weeks before he can kick a ball.

"It was a terrible thing to go through, but one I am sure that in years to come he will look back and say it made him stronger."

Fellow Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is also struggling with a leg injury, but claims he will be fully-fit to play for Spain in the World Cup this summer.

Currently, the 2010 World Cup betting makes the side favourites for the tournament and it is likely they would be able to cope without the Arsenal man if they had to.

However, further injuries could seriously dent their chances.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Veteran eyes two more years at Arsenal

Sol Campbell has a burning desire to remain at Arsenal and bring trophies to the Gunners fans after five years without success.

The veteran centre-back was signed on a short-term contract in January and is now hoping his performances have done enough to persuade Arsene Wenger to offer him a new deal.

Campbell told the club's website that he wants to remain in North London for "another year" - but he thinks he could play Premier League football for even longer than that.

"Give me one year and I'll work every day and try to win a trophy and bring some kind of glory back to Arsenal," the 35-year-old said.

"Deep inside I feel I've got two real gritty years left in me, the years in which I can affect things."

Campbell's veteran defensive partner William Gallas is also out of contract this summer and could be set to leave the Emirates and defensive worries could seriously dent Arsenal's Premier League odds next season.

The French defender has been hoping to earn a new two-year contract with the Gunners but chairman Peter Hill-Wood has described his wage demands as "extravagant" and the club are unlikely to bow to his demands.

Gallas is currently looking to prove his fitness for France, with Les Blues currently outsiders in the FIFA World Cup betting.

With the Gunners possibly lacking in defensive options for next season, Wenger wants to add more options in that area during the summer and has made it a transfer window priority.