Cardiff have confirmed an agreement has been reached with Arsenal over the one-month loan of Aaron Ramsey to the Welsh club.
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Ramsey, 20, joined the Gunners from the Bluebirds in a £5million deal during June 2008 and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had said that the midfielder was likely to head back to Wales before the end of the transfer window.
A statement on Cardiff's club website on Friday announced: "Following comments made by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Friday, Cardiff City are pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached between clubs to see Aaron Ramsey rejoin the Bluebirds on loan.''
It continued: "The paperwork is yet to be completed, with Aaron travelling to south Wales this evening with a view to sign on Saturday morning. The loan agreement is set to run until 26 February and includes our npower Championship match against Hull City.''
Wenger earlier suggested the deal was in the pipeline, saying: "I am considering to give Ramsey one month out on loan, with a possibility of him to go to Cardiff. I don't want him to go to a Premier League club because I want him to finish the season with us. I just look for competition for him.''
The Wales international has just returned to fitness following a broken leg suffered at Stoke in February, and had a spell at Nottingham Forest to get some much-needed match practice. Earlier this week, Arsenal youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas headed to Cardiff City Stadium until the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Wenger said he believes Manchester United have been "a bit lucky" to remain undefeated in the Premier League this far. United could emulate Wenger's 'Invincibles' of seven seasons ago by completing a Premier League season unbeaten and while Wenger admits they could achieve the feat, he said from experience his title rivals would not even be thinking about that achievement at this stage of the season.
Wenger said in the Guardian: "Do you ask me can they still do it? Certainly, because they have not been beaten yet. Have they been a bit lucky until now? Certainly, but we'll see. I don't know more than you. You really think about winning the championship but with five games to go, you think about: 'Oh, we can add something to that'. That's what happened with us. But you don't think about that with 16 games to go."
Wenger said of the title race: "What is important is to beat Man United and we will only have the chance, with the run that they are on, if we do exceptionally well until the end of the season. So I focus more on that, knowing that they have a difficult schedule as well. If they have five games to go and they are still unbeaten, come back to me and I'll say 'Now, they can do it'.''