Wenger leaps to Ramsey defence

05 October 2012 09:47:14 EST
Aaron Ramsey.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has offered his backing to Aaron Ramsey after the midfielder was stripped of the Wales captaincy.

Wales boss Chris Coleman has decided to take the armband from Ramsey after the 6-1 loss to Serbia in a World Cup qualifier last month, stating "we needed to make some changes".

Wenger believes Ramsey will bounce back from the disappointment and insists the 21-year-old has the leadership qualities to be a captain.

He told London 24: "It's a big decision to take an armband away from a player.

"He is a bit young with such a big responsibility.

"On the other hand it could put too much pressure on him that he is responsible for the big defeat they had in Serbia

"You leave that with his manager to have a talk with Aaron. I think he will be a captain, for sure. Is it a bit early or not? I don't know."

Ramsey has been included in the Wales squad for next week's qualifiers, but Swansea's Ashley Williams will skipper the side.

Arsenal travel to West Ham on Saturday and Ramsey will be keen to start against the Hammers.

The Gunners could recall fit-again Per Mertesacker, but Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and keeper Wojciech Szczesny remain sidelined.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce could hand a starting spot to on-loan striker Andy Carroll, but defender Joey O'Brien is a doubt.

Arsenal are 17/20 to secure the win at Upton Park, the draw is priced at 13/5 and a West Ham win is 16/5.

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