Emirates star would prefer to fight for his place at Arsenal.
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Aaron Ramsey says he is looking forward to fighting for his first-team place at Arsenal – but doesn’t want to go out on loan to regain match fitness.
The Welsh midfielder played his first match in an Arsenal shirt for eight months when he turned out for 45 minutes in the reserves on Tuesday.
Speculation suggests Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may look to send Ramsey out on a short-term loan in order to regain his match fitness following his extended absence because of the double leg fracture he suffered in February.
However, Ramsey is determined to remain at the club and wants to battle for his place – dismissing any suggestion of a loan elsewhere.
‘Although the only way to get match fitness is by playing games, I want to get another few reserve games and playing up to about 60 minutes first,’ he told Arsenal TV.
‘I can then build from there to play a full game, then hopefully get back in and fight for my first-team place again.
‘I’m as fit as all the rest of the lads but [playing in a competitive game] proved I am a bit behind.
‘But that’s to be expected I suppose and the more games I play, the more match fitness I’ll get.’ (Metro)
Aaron Ramsey only managed 45 minutes for the Arsenal reserves yesterday, but was taken off merely as a precaution.
He will build his fitness up in the next month or so, but with only two more reserve fixtures left in 2010, he may be involved in first team matters earlier than he thinks.
With Cesc Fabregas’ hamstrings continuing to trouble him, his return to the first team squad will be a welcome one.