I am not one of the Arsenal fans that were calling for Aaron Ramsey to be dropped from the Arsenal team and even sold a few years ago as he was struggling to find his best form after coming back from that horror leg break and a long injury lay-off. And Ramsey proved his doubters wrong and then went on to have a storming season which, but for another few months on the sidelines, may have led Arsenal to the title.
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It was an all round very good team performance from Arsenal to win away to Everton, with notable inputs from a number of Gunners including Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and all of the front four, but I have given the nod to Alex Iwobi mainly because it was his first start in the Premier League and that makes his performance even more impressive.
For quite few years now it has been the Arsenal midfield that has been the best part of our squad, even though there has been criticism of Arsene Wenger for relying too much on the same sort of small and technically gifted players like Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla and not enough steel and aggression.
To be perfectly honest I am not entirely sure what to make of the Premier League stats showing the disciplinary records of Arsenal and the other 19 clubs in the division. In a way the fact that the Gunners have got the best record for discipline and would be the club to get the fair play award of it was given out at this part of the season is a positive thing and shows that we are playing the game fairly and in the right way.
For Arsenal to win the Premier League title we need quite a few things to happen. Starting from the away game against Bournemouth on Sunday the Gunners need to get back to winning ways. We really need to hold our nerve and deal with the expectation of winning games against so-called lesser teams and then we need to step up and cope with the pressure or the games against the big boys.
In the week after one of the greatest players ever to grace the pitch for Arsenal Football Club lost one of his records in English football, and to a player from the old enemy Manchester United to boot, it is good to hear that another Arsenal star is on target to equal the record of another of the Red Devils.
I am writing this article before Arsenal and our Premier League rivals like Man City and Leicester City kick off for the first matches of the new year, so the numbers in the statistics I am using to compare our assist king Mesut Ozil with other players doing well in the same position will have changed by tonight.
The Arsenal and Wales international star Aaron Ramsey is back from his latest injury and back where he wants to be, in the Arsenal first team and playing in his favoured central midfield role. It remains to be seen whether the dynamic 24-year old can prove to his club manager that he should play there all the time but he has got around three months while Santi Cazorla gets over his injury problem to do it.