Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said that his team will try to rough up Aaron Ramsey in today’s match against Arsenal. Ramsey began his senior career at Cardiff City and spent two seasons at the club.
Wales manager Ryan Giggs will watch the match and observe Ramsey. Ramsey is in Wales’ squad for their Nations League matches against Ireland and Denmark. Giggs said, “I will probably be wincing at every tackle, it doesn’t help that you are playing a Neil Warnock team.”
Warnock said, “I don’t blame Ryan for being nervous about the game. I hope we can rough him [Ramsey] up. Needs must. Aaron is a top player and I’ve always liked him. I’ve always thought he was underrated really because he’s a player who doesn’t grab the headlines, he goes under the radar. He’s a manager’s dream. He’d be number one on your team sheet every week and then you put the other 10 around him.”
Warnock also said that Cardiff City’s approach is subject to unfair judgement. He said, “I think we get wrongly judged on our approach. I’ve had it for 38 years, it started at Notts County when I had players who couldn’t pass water! But we had more possession than Newcastle in that game and everyone says we’re long-ball merchants. At Bournemouth we played a five-foot eight-inch striker. People have this assumption of us because of our approach last year.
But we play a lot more football this year because of guys like Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa. I think we’ve played some good stuff at times and the only problem for me is getting goals and helping guys like Bobby Reid and Kenneth Zohore get into good positions.”