Monday, 14 April 2014

Leading coach Verheijen critical of Wenger "incompetence" over Ramsey's FA Cup role

Leading coach Raymond Verheijen has critisied Arsene Wenger's use of Aaron Ramsey during Arsenal's FA Cup semi final win over Wigan.

The midfielder played 113 minutes of the Wembley tie, only his second game since recovering from a thigh injury which kept him out for more than 100 days.

The Welshman was given a run out the previous week at Everton, where he played for the final 24 minutes of Arsenal's defeat to Roberto Martinez's side.

Verheijen, a renowned Dutch coach who worked with Ramsey during his time with the Wales national team set up, believes Wenger was "incompetent" to use the 23-year-old for so long.

He tweeted:

Earlier this month Verheijen told The Independent:
"There is a pattern at Arsenal, and it repeats itself every year, it is a no-brainer. 
"It is a general problem in football, if you do too much too soon, in the first few weeks of pre-season, you develop shorter-term fitness.
"If you do the same amount of fitness work spread over six weeks, you develop longer-term fitness that will last for 10 months."
The Daily Telegraph report Ramsey came off as a precaution after suffered tightness in his muscles but he will be assessed today as to whether he can have any involvement in Tuesday night's Premier League game with West Ham United.

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