With Arsenal struggling with injury problems in the midfield department, just like everywhere else on the pitch, it is easy to see why Arsene Wenger played both Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere against Anderlecht on Wednesday. But it did not really work and there is a theory that the two central midfielders are too similar and do not really work for Arsenal when they play together.
It is a bit like the problem the England national team had with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. At their peak they were two of the best players in the world in that position, but when both played for England it did not work. So is it the same for Wilshere and Ramsey, or can Wenger get them to click? We won’t find out any more this week due to Jack’s suspension but until Ozil is back we might in the next few weeks.
The good thing is that they are both very talented and young enough to adapt their game a bit. Wilshere has showed signs that he could be very good playing further up the pitch and for England he has started to shine in a deep lying role, while Ramsey has slightly different skills including exploding as a goal scorer last season.
And I don’t think we should judge too much on the games so far this season, because Arsenal have been well below par in general. But when Mesut Ozil is fit again you would assume that he will play the number 10 role, so will that mean that it is an either/or situation with Jack and Aaron? And if so, which player will come out on top?