Ryan Shawcross set to feel Arsenal fans' hatred over Aaron Ramsey leg-break

23 February 2011 10:41
Ryan Shawcross will be public enemy No 1 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night when he travels to Arsenal for the first time since his challenge broke Aaron Ramsey's leg a year ago.

Gunners fans are planning to show their support for the Welsh midfielder, 20, currently feeling his way back to full fitness after the horrific injury, and who has never publicly accepted Shawcross's apologies for his tackle at the Britannia Stadium, by unfurling a 20-foot banner emblazoned with 'One Aaron Ramsey'.

The club have been forced convince fans not to hand out 500 whistles, which would have been blown every time the Stoke defender touched the ball, but a section of fans has vowed never to 'forgive and forget'.

Fateful moment: Ramsey (left) suffered a broken leg in this challenge by Shawcross (right) a year ago

Ramsey has not yet played for Arsenal since the incident, but has now returned to the club after loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff, and is set to be thrown into first-team action by Arsene Wenger in his side's chase for an unprecedented quadruple.

Steve Goodwin, of the Red Action supporters group, told the Mirror: 'It's close to a year after it happened but this will be the first time Arsenal have played Stoke and I think it's fair to say Shawcross will get a bad reception, whether he plays or not.

'There's a lot of bad feeling towards him. The club have urged us to be bigger than that but I think the feelings will be clear enough. Plus we will always support Aaron Ramsey. That will be clear enough with the banner.

On target: Ramsey struck for his loan club Cardiff on Tuesday night against Leicester

'We also don't want to distract anyone from winning the game, but sometimes a strong issue can really make sure all the fans get behind the team.' 

Meanwhile Wenger admits that Arsenal's chances of winning the league for the first time in seven years could hinge on the game.

Arsenal appeared to be out of the title race when they lost to Manchester United in December, but a run of nine league matches unbeaten has seen the Londoners drag themselves back into the reckoning.

Wenger's side could reduce the gap between themselves and leaders United to just one point with a victory and the Frenchman has called on his squad to secure what he believes could be a decisive win in the title race.

Backing their boy: Arsenal fans are again set to unfurl a banner in support of Ramsey

'This is a very important one for us,' Wenger said. 'The best way to win the Premier League is to win the game. It is only that which is important.

'If you want to keep in touch with Manchester United, which we want more than anything, this game is vital.

'We have given so much in the Premier League, we have gone through so many difficult periods and have come back with such resilience.'

Wenger also hopes that Andrey Arshavin can weigh in with a few goals in the absence of Robin van Persie, missing with hamstring trouble.

'I love Arshavin because he's a player who can always give you hope that he can make the difference,' Wenger said. 'He was troubled by confidence problems for a while but he is now back and that goal against Barcelona helped him.'

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