Wenger - Win it for Aaron

Gunners boss wants Ramsey injury to inspire players

Wenger: Wants injury to inspire team

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called on his players to win the title for Aaron Ramsey.

The Welshman is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a double fracture to his leg following a challenge from Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in the Gunners' 3-1 victory at the Britannia Stadium.

The 19-year-old's horror injury is one of significant resemblance to the break suffered by fellow team-mate Eduardo almost exactly two years ago at Birmingham.

Arsenal, who then led the Premier League race by five points in 2008, never recovered with Birmingham rescuing a 2-2 draw which was the catalyst for Wenger's men slumping to an eventual third place finish.

However, this time round the Gunners seemed to be inspired and went on to win the game on Saturday following Ramsey's injury, which Wenger was quick to praise.

"It will be tight until the end," he told the club's official website.

"But this group is so strong mentally and have a unity so this will give us one more reason to fight until the end and do it for him.

"We had some other problems two years ago. But on Saturday we had a midfield of Nasri, Fabregas, Ramsey, Song and Eboue. They have an average of 20 or 21-years-old. Up front, Bendtner is 21-years-old.

"At their age, to handle the game like they did is absolutely remarkable."


Reflecting on the injury to Ramsey, the Frenchman confessed that at times he has felt guilty for encouraging his players to be more physical and tackle harder.

Despite telling his side to 'toughen up,' he admitted he was wary that doing so can lead to grave circumstances, highlighting Ramsey's break as an example.

"I encourage my players to play and be committed. I have a go at them when they don't put their foot in sometimes," he added.

"But as well sometimes I nearly feel guilty to do that because when Aaron goes for the ball like he did on Saturday and gets done like he did, it is not an easy situation.

"But the way I try to play the game, I believe, is the right way.

"We will respect the game, the opponents and try to give pleasure to people who watch us."