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Arsene Wenger is set to recall Aaron Ramsey to the Arsenal starting line-up against AC Milan on Thursday, according to reports.
Ramsey, whose performance in the Carabao Cup final was branded ‘spineless’ by Gary Neville, was left out of the matchday squad as Arsenal suffered a fourth consecutive defeat at Brighton on Sunday.
With Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League qualification via the Premier League over, the Europa League has taken on huge significance for club and manager alike. The Gunners stumbled through the last round against Swedish minnows Ostersunds 4-2 on aggregate, losing the second leg 2-1 on home soil, and will face a significant test against Genaro Gattuso’s rejuvenated side.
Milan have not conceded in their last six matches in all competitions and recently booked their place in the final of the Coppa Italia following victory over Lazio.
Given the quality of opposition, The Evening Standard claims Wenger is set to restore one of his senior players to the starting XI despite concerns over his form and long-term commitment.
Wales international Ramsey has just over 18 months left on his remaining deal, but with little sign of an agreement in the offing Arsenal are ready to sell the 27-year-old in the summer, rather than become embroiled in the sort of saga which saw both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil come close to winding down their contracts.