Ramsey seeks 'fresh start'

BY foxsports • September 7, 2011

The Gunners have suffered a nightmare opening to the domestic campaign, which followed the sale of key men Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri - with Arsene Wenger's squad left reeling from their 8-2 humiliation by Manchester United at Old Trafford before the international break. However, with the new signings of South Korea captain Park Chu-young, playmaker Mikel Arteta from Everton, defensive duo Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos as well as a season-long loan move for Israel captain Yossi Benayoun from Chelsea, Ramsey maintains there are plenty of reasons to be positive as Arsenal go in search of a first league win. "We want to put things right after our last result," said the Wales midfielder, who was in action against England at Wembley on Tuesday night. "Hopefully we put in a really good performance and get back to winning ways. "We have had a good think about things and it will be a fresh start now." Ramsey told reporters: "We have brought in some quality players, Arteta and Benayoun are two creative midfielders who are really comfortable on the ball and they will be great additions to the squad." Swansea were thumped 4-0 at Manchester City in their first game in the English top flight - and have yet to score a league goal despite battling to draws with Wigan and Sunderland. Ramsey, however, is not expecting the Welsh team to simply lie down at Emirates Stadium. "I saw last season, when I played against Swansea for Cardiff, that they are a good footballing team and like to pass the ball," said the former Bluebirds youngster, who spent a short loan spell back at his old club in January. "It will be a good footballing game but hopefully we come out on top and get all three points." With Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen requiring minor surgery on a niggling ankle problem suffered in the Champions League play-off win over Udinese, Mertesacker looks set to make his Arsenal debut this weekend. The 26-year-old 6ft 6ins centre-back admits it will be something of a step into the unknown following an £8million move from Werder Bremen. "It is exciting. It is a new phase in my life and I am really looking forward to it, but I also feel nervous. It is like before the first day at school," Mertesacker told German news agency DPA. "Now I have a new challenge in a new country, a new style of play and a new language and I am ready for it." Arsenal winger Theo Walcott sat out England's narrow win over Wales at Wembley on Tuesday night as a precaution against a tight hamstring. Tomas Rosicky will also be monitored after the Czech midfielder was also rested for their comfortable 4-0 friendly victory over Ukraine. Emmanuel Frimpong will return from his suspension, but Alex Song and Gervinho must serve the final match of their three-game bans picked up on the opening day at Newcastle. Arteta is also likely to make his debut, but maintains he does not want to be viewed as a "replacement" for either Fabregas or Nasri. "They were two top players for the club, they did really, really well in the last few years and now we have some new players coming in to try and make the same impact. I am sure we will," he told Arsenal Player. "I don't want the fans to be expecting the same as them because every player is different. "We need some time to adapt as well, but I am sure that we will give everything we can to make this team better."


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