After the Sky pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher dismissed the chances of Arsenal winning the Premier League title this season, and any team other than Chelsea or Man City for that matter, Aaron Ramsey has responded. And not surprisingly, our star midfielder thinks that the Gunners have plenty of qualities of our own to combat the brute force that the Sky boys think will be too much for anyone else.
To be fair to Rambo, he is right to say that pure power does not guarantee anything. If it did, then we would see more rugby players taking up football, after all. Arsenal’s Player of the Year accepts that he and his team mates are smaller in general than City and Chelsea, but he also feels that the way we play means that agility and trickiness on the ball is just as important, as revealed in an ESPN report.
Ramsey is not being boastful and saying that the Gunners will definitely win, he just thinks that we will cope a lot better in those big games and that he believes the title race will be very close again this time around, with up to six possible winners. I hope he is not including the spuds in that six.
The 23-year old said, “It’s going to be more difficult to win it because I think there are six teams now.
“The so-called bigger teams are going to drop points throughout the season. The key when that time comes is to go to the next game and get back to winning ways.
“It’s a long season and I’m sure there are going to be many twists and turns. There’s going to be a few teams fighting for it.
“Manchester City are a big team and Chelsea are a big team. It’s all about opinions. We’re quite a small team by comparison and we like to get the ball down. Maybe they won’t be as agile and we can play around them.
“It helps those teams with power and drive but I’m sure we’ll be playing the other way.
“These teams are always capable of getting results off each other. The Premier League was really tight last season and I think it’s only going to get tighter and tighter.
“The biggest thing we need to do is to pick up points against the bigger teams away from home. If we’d have nicked a win or a couple draws in those games last season we would have been up there on 84 or 85 points.
“We lost to Everton away last year so we go there on Saturday and we’ll be looking to put things right and hopefully come away with a good result.”
A good away performance against Everton later today will certainly go a long way to backing up Rambo’s words and will alsdo give the players confidence for the rest of the season. COYG