Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey returns to his roots on Saturday seeking to propel Arsenal to victory at former club Cardiff City and lift them seven points clear in the Premier League.
Ramsey, 22, has been the attacking fulcrum of Arsenal’s surge to the top of the table with his robust attacking play and six league goals, one fewer than French striker Olivier Giroud, this season.
Another consistent performance for Arsenal would enable them to take full advantage of their main rivals, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton not playing until Sunday.
His appearance back in south Wales will represent his and Arsenal’s first in the Premier League since he left Cardiff for the London side in 2008, signing for Arsene Wenger in a 5 million pounds ($8.17 million) deal.
“He is a young player and there is a lot more to come from him,” said Wenger. “I saw him on tape when he played with Cardiff. The first time I met him was in Switzerland, with his parents, when he had a choice to make and I was at the European Championships.”
Cardiff, three points above the relegation zone in 15th place, will seek to repeat the impressive home form that brought victories over Manchester City and Swansea.
Manager Malky McKay, who is expected to pick the team that held Manchester United 2-2 last weekend, said: “I hope he (Ramsey) get a great reception here.”
Ramsey has scored 11 goals in all competitions and Wenger expects his attitude to help Arsenal.