Arsenal coach Emery hopes Ramsey injury is ‘not big problem’
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Unai Emery hopes Aaron Ramsey’s calf injury is “not a big problem” after the midfielder was not risked in Arsenal’s International Champions Cup clash against Chelsea in Dublin.
The Welsh midfielder had been named in the Gunners’ starting line-up for the game but was withdrawn at the last moment, with 18-year-old Emile Smith Rowe coming in.
Emery, whose side claimed a 6-5 penalty shootout victory following a 1-1 draw, said in his post-match press conference: “He has got a little pain in his muscle and we decided not to start him because it is maybe a big risk for him.
“But I am awaiting the medical analysis and I think it’s not a big problem.”
Ramsey is entering the last 12 months of his Arsenal contract and has yet to agree a new deal.
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Emery is unsure over the 27-year-old’s future but is keen for him to stay.
When asked about the situation, he added: “I don’t know. This is one question for the club and for the player. I am very, very concentrated and my focus is thinking every day for the training, for the players, for the match on Saturday against Lazio and then starting against Manchester City.
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“Ramsey’s with us. The contract is a question for the club and for the player.
“My opinion is clear, I want him to be with us. He’s the type of player I want in this team. But the contract is one thing only for the club and the player.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with the performance of teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi and confirmed he will be part of his first-team squad this season.
The 17-year-old impressed, laying on a number of chances, and Sarri said: “He will stay with us for all the season.
“He is a very young player. We have to wait. In the future he will be a very, very strong player.”