Ramsey rehabilitation continued with his debut match for Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest's capture of Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey four minutes before the emergency loan deadline slammed shut was one of the surprise moves of the season so far.
For anyone who has been living in a bubble for the past 12 months, the 19-year-old Welshman was forced out of action after he suffered a gruesome double leg fracture during the Gunners' away match at Stoke last season. After a long and trying recovery period, Ramsey returned to action just over a week ago in an Arsenal reserve match against Wolves (see here) before Championship outfit Forest snared the teenager to the City Ground at the end of last week.
Still on the road to recovery, Ramsey made his first league appearance in the red of Forest as a substitute at Leicester on Monday night but was unable to prevent defeat against the Foxes. In total Ramsey played 29 minutes of the match.
Forest were already trailing 1-0 when Ramsey emerged off the bench and the Arsenal loanee was unable to conjure up an equaliser for his new employers. Going a step further, Ramsey failed to have too big an impact on the match, which was perhaps not surprising considering all that has happened to the youngster during 2010.
Nevertheless, Forest coach Billy Davies was full of praise for Ramsey after the match. "You could see the difference when Ramsey comes on. Then we started to play a little bit better. Once he came on, he gave us the quality that we needed. He has outstanding quality, there is no doubt about that. Even in a half-fit Ramsey, it is easy to see the quality he has got. We will keep working with him. But he is still short of fitness."
Highlights of Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey against Leicester can be seen below.
Ramsey isn't the only Arsenal whippersnapper playing in the Championship at present.
The 20-year-old striker Henri Lansbury is currently on loan at Norwich, and the young English forward was a key player in the East Anglian derby last weekend as the Canaries won 4-1 against rivals Ipswich.
Lansbury had a fine performance, assisting the second goal for Grant Holt with a excellent through-ball as well as playing a part in Norwich's third and fourth goals. Manager Paul Lambert praised his display describing him as "terrific" while announcing that Lansbury should become a "top player" in the future.
Henri Lansbury's showreel against Ipswich can be seen here.