It was yet another injury to the Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey that coincided perfectly with the return to full fitness of Jack Wilshere, and the Englishman has grabbed his chance with open arms. But when Jack got injured in the first Cup game against Chelsea it was expected that Ramsey would come back to replace him. Wenger said in the build up to the Bournemouth match: “From Wednesday night, we had of course Jack, who was injured. We had very good news yesterday morning. I saw him walking normally and his scan was good. He’s not out of the game on Sunday yet, so that is positive news. We’ll have Ramsey back in the squad….”
But Jack miraculously recovered, and Ramsey was left on the bench for the Cherries defeat, but he was brought on for Chambers with 15 minutes left as Arsenal tried (and failed) to save a point.
Even more surprisingly, Ramsey wasn’t even on the bench for the game against Palace, and Wenger instead had Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson as reserves, and they were both given game time with Nelson replacing Ozil after 72 minutes. And just to make it worse, when Wenger was asked about Ozil and Wilshere’s partnership Wenger replied: “We combined well from midfield yes. In the first half it was enjoyable to watch.”
So what has happened to Ramsey now that Wilshere has come back to steal his place in the team? There have been mutterings about Ramsey only having 18 months left on his contract and if not re-signed by June we could have yet another contract rebel on our hands.
Do you think he would leave if he is not a regular starter?