Updates from Thursday, May 8
Aaron Ramsey is fit for Arsenal's final game of the season at Norwich.
Arsene Wenger reported, via the club's official Twitter:
Arsenal will be without the talents of midfielder Aaron Ramsey for Sunday's fixture against West Brom after he picked up a "minor thigh problem," according to Sky Sports:
Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey for their final home game of the season due to a minor thigh problem. http://t.co/FlSiOeCaqH— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 4, 2014
This weekend's match is the final home fixture of the Gunners' season, meaning Ramsey's last chance to make an impact on Premier League matters will be next week's meeting with Norwich City.
The Welshman did take the time out to wish his teammates well against the Baggies, however, with qualification for the Champions League already assured:
With 4th secured, it's time to finish the season on a high, starting today against WBA. Good luck, boys!— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) May 4, 2014
Ramsey may be better off rested for the upcoming FA Cup final against Hull City, considering it was a thigh injury that saw him ruled out for more than three months of the campaign. He only recently made his return in early April.
It was during Ramsey's absence that the Gunners' bid to become Premier League champions was derailed, signifying just what an essential part of their midfield make-up the player has become.
Despite that injury, Ramsey has managed to amass a very respectable tally of nine goals and nine assists, per Transfermarkt, in what's been without a doubt his best season as an Arsenal player to date.
In his absence, Mathieu Flamini has come into Wenger's midfield as partner to Mikel Arteta, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere still sidelined through injuries of their own.
Ramsey has recovered admirably from numerous injury setbacks in his career to emerge as something closer to the player he was tipped to become upon moving from Cardiff City in 2008, but this latest knock isn't expected to keep him out of action for long.
Steve Bruce will be one manager hoping the absence may last longer than a fortnight, however, willing to take any chance his Tigers side can get in their hopes to be crowned FA Cup victors.