Flamini and Ramsey Doing Well for Arsenal, But What Happens When Injured Duo Return? by AT
As a result of long-term injuries to Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, Arsenal have been forced to field Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey in central midfield. But despite the partnership being fairly new, it has blossomed and has made the long-term injuries to Cazorla and Coquelin easier to take for Arsenal fans. In fact, Coquelin himself was full of praise for the new partnership and complimented the fine blend between the two players.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Coquelin said: “They have shown great stuff since the day they came into the team together in midfield. You can see the results and we have had big wins like the game against Manchester City. Aaron is a little bit more offensive.
“Mathieu was getting forward a bit more compared to what he did in the first games he played, but against Manchester City he showed a lot of discipline to play really well.”
Now while Ramsey and Flamini are doing a good job in central midfield, what happens when Coquelin and Santi are back? Surely, Ramsey has proven once again that he belongs in the middle of the park, not on the flanks. The Welshman is a passer, not a dribbler. Playing in his preferred position, he has that knack of being in the right place at the right time, and he does more than his bit defensively as well.
So personally, I would have Coquelin and Ramsey playing there. I believe that this partnership will give us the most perfect balance in central midfield. Santi is also very adept at playing in that position but in my opinion, I feel the team can get more out of Ramsey when he’s playing there. Perhaps the Spaniard can be used a little further up the pitch, where I feel he’s more effective.
But in all likelihood, Wenger will push Ramsey out on the wing again and stick with Coquelin and Cazorla in midfield. Now while I can’t complain too much because that partnership also works well, I really hope to see Ramsey and Coquelin as a pair in the middle of the park as I feel that this can be a combination that Arsenal can use on the long-term.