We Arsenal fans can only guess at what must be going through the mind of the Arsenal and Wales international star Aaron Ramsey at the moment, but you can bet it will not be good. Whether or not the failure of the Wales national team to qualify or even make the play-offs for next summer’s World Cup will affect his form for the Gunners is up to Arsene Wenger to decide.
Maybe because the Welsh have been punching above their weight recently and have not qualified for the World Cup since 1958 and only one major tournament in the donkey’s years will make their loss to the Republic of Ireland in the crucial final qualifier a little easier to bear, but I doubt it.
Even without their star man Gareth Bale they will feel they should have at least got a draw in Cardiff but they didn’t and they are out and now Wenger has to decide whether to start the sure to be gutted Gunner Ramsey at Watford on Saturday.
He has options, to be fair, not least of which is the fit again and in form Jack Wilshere, who may well be going to the tournament in Russia next summer with England. He could also go for any two of Coquelin, Elneny and Xhaka but I think Jack gives that extra creative thrust that could prove vital if Arsenal are to come away with a win.
So Gooners, would you drop Ramsey for Wilshere this weekend?