Aaron Ramsey admits competition for midfield places at Arsenal is red hot.

Ramsey's return to form adds more competition for places in the Arsenal midfield, with Abou Diaby sidelined for a couple of weeks with another niggling injury.

England international Jack Wilshere played his first match for Arsenal in more than a year in the under-21 side earlier this week, while Emmanuel Frimpong is also continuing his rehabilitation.

Ramsey said: "We haven't had a full squad for a long time, so it will be good to have competition.

"Jack's been out for such a long time and so has Frimpong - I know what they have been through.

"I have experienced it myself and it is not a good thing. You get down and it seems like it is a long way away, but they are close now.

"They are good players to keep others on their toes."