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Wenger: Ramsey needs patience

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the Gunners must be patient with Aaron Ramsey and not rush the midfielder back into action too soon.

Ramsey enjoyed a superb first half of the season, scoring 13 goals, but has not featured since coming off at West Ham on Boxing Day because of a thigh problem.

Wenger confirmed after Tuesday's 2-2 home draw against Swansea that the Wales international had suffered a "little setback" in his rehabilitation.

Ramsey had been pencilled in for a return in Saturday's Premier League game against Manchester City, but his comeback has now been put on hold.

Wenger said: "Ramsey is progressing well, but we need to be patient for a few more weeks."

The Gunners will also be without Jack Wilshere and club-record signing Mesut Ozil once again for the visit of City.

Wenger added: "Compared to Tuesday night, we have no new injuries and no-one coming back as well.

"Nacho Monreal should be the first one back in training because he is just starting to run in the next few days."

Arsenal tackle a rampant City side in need of a positive performance following the draw against Swansea and the 6-0 humiliation at Chelsea which ruined Wenger's 1,000th match in charge last weekend.

The Frenchman said: "We have to restore belief as well as we can and accept our position at the end of the season, but at the moment our focus is to recover from a high disappointment and recover for the next game.

"It is a huge game."

Watch Arsenal take on Manchester City live on Sky Sports 1HD at 5.30pm on Saturday.