Wenger welcomes back 'fully fit' Ramsey
Arsene Wenger is pleased to welcome back a fully recovered Aaron Ramsey for a Premier League game against Sunderland that he says is his 'obsession' due to its potential bearing on the title race.
Ramsey has not played for Arsenal since suffering a horrific broken leg in a game against Stoke City in February last year, but Wenger believes he is now ready to return to first-team football after making a full - albeit long - recovery from the injury.
"Aaron has had to be very patient and he must feel very good to be back," Wenger said. "When you have a big injury before the age of 20 normally you come back and you develop normally.
"That is why the big question mark about him was whether he would be back fully fit physically. That is now sorted out in a positive way, the rest is just a question of playing games. He has dealt with the injury very well.
"Certainly he has been very down for a long period, but on the outside signs he has shown he is always highly motivated and determined to work hard."
Ramsey may well be involved against Sunderland, in a game Wenger says is his sole focus despite the looming visit to Barcelona for the second leg of their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
"The championship is very important. Personally, I cannot believe we play Barcelona next week because my obsession is really Sunderland," he said. "The obsession is more than the Champions League because for me it's highly important that we take advantage of our situation in the Premier League.
"We battled everywhere since the start of the season against many specialist opinions that we have no chance at all. Now that we are in this situation, it would be very dramatic if we would not consider the importance of the game tomorrow.
"This team is top quality and hungry for success. We promised ourselves to give absolutely everything until the end of the season and that is what we will do."
Nevertheless, Wenger is increasingly hopeful Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song will be available for the game in the Nou Camp, although they will play no part this weekend at Emirates Stadium.
"They are still improving for the Barcelona game. They have a chance," said Wenger. "Fabregas at the moment has a stronger chance than Song, but they have a chance."