Arsene Wenger has admitted that he feels "very responsible" for the injury woes of former Arsenal stars Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.
The midfield duo both starred under Wenger during their time at the Emirates Stadium, but were also consistently hampered by injuries that ruled them out for long periods,
Wenger now feels that the introduction of VAR in recent seasons has allowed for greater protection of more technical attacking players such as Ramsey and Wilshere.
Ramsey suffered a horrific leg break in March 2010 that ruled him out for seven months, while Wilshere has struggled with ankle injuries throughout his career.
Since leaving Arsenal in 2018, after 22 years in north London, Wenger has worked for FIFA as their director of development and now plays a role in the evolution of the game.
One of the recent changes to the game was the introduction of video assistant referees and Wenger feels this gives more protection to technical players who are usually kicked a lot during matches.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Wenger also admitted that as a coach he felt responsible for some of injuries suffered by players such as Ramsey and Wilshere.
“I see more positivity. Before there was more kicking and I must say the media allowed that. The VAR has brought more respect for the offensive game," explained the Frenchman.
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“Sometimes the more technical guys were kicked. Why? It was not very encouraging. We have moved forward from that.
“We always tried. It was a frustration sometimes. When I look back at players like Wilshere, Ramsey who have been injured early in their career and when you are a manager you feel very responsible for that.”
After breaking his leg in a match away to Stoke City in 2010, Ramsey also suffered a series of other injuries in his time with the Gunners, including thigh and hamstring issues.
In total, Ramsey missed 116 matches through injury in his 11 years with Arsenal, but still made 371 appearances for the club, 329 of which came under Wenger.
Ramsey scored 65 goals and provided the same number of assists as he won three FA Cups before joining Juventus on a free transfer in 2019.
As for Wilshere, his career has been severely impacted by injury problems, most notably with his ankles.
He has missed 214 matches through injury in his career and was sidelined for almost the whole of the 2015/16 season with a calf injury.
Wilshere still won two FA Cups with Arsenal and made 198 appearances before leaving the club in 2018, going on to play for West Ham United and Bournemouth since.
Currently a free agent, Wilshere was training Italian side Como earlier in the summer and has been links with moves to both PAOK in Greece and Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta.
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