Arsenal tactics – Ramsey straight back in? Campbell out?

It was a big plus point for Arsenal fans to hear this week that Aaron Ramsey was back in training after an injury lay off and Arsene Wenger had no hesitation in putting the name of the Wales international midfielder straight in to the match day squad, although Ramsey did not start but came one with about 20 minutes of the Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb left.

The question for the prof now is whether to remain a bit cautious with Ramsey, who has been no stranger to the Arsenal treatment room in recent years. Another question is where to play the Welshman as Ramsey himself would clearly prefer a central role and that is where he has done his best work for us.

The Gunners do have limited options on the right flank though, where Ramsey has been playing so far this season and the obvious choice for most Arsenal fans would be for him to replace Joel Campbell for the Premier League trip to Norwich on Sunday.

I am not so sure for a couple of reasons. While Campbell has not exactly set the world alight for us, he has shown promise and he was looking better in the game against Zagreb. Players need games and I think it might be worth giving the young forward another chance to impress this weekend, especially in a game as winnable as Norwich.

Ramsey could then come on when needed, whether on the right side or in the middle and the chances of his injury recurring would be greatly reduced. What do you think Gooners, should Campbell start again or should the boss bring Ramsey straight back?

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  1. Was that a trick question? ? ?

    Wenger literally ran Ramsey into the Ground by constantly playing him on the RW, so I can’t see him changing that now,
    Even though it would make sense to pair him up with Cazorla… But we all know that wenger knows best… right?
    The Ox is supposed to be available for Sunday’s game,
    So at least we have an extra option.

    1. We all know Rambo don’t do flank. Most of the times he’ll interchange position with Ozil or Alexis at the wing. He’s fancy to thrive from the middle of the box. Arsene plays Rambo to keep balance at midfield, not as winger. Joey in other hand, is similar to Ox. Deeply penetrate from the right. My opinion, as Arsene’s tendency, Rambo will come as starting, Joey will come as subs.

    2. Well, he does know best because once Ramsey was unavailable the right flank was totally exposed. Luckily we still had front line fully fit for the game against Everton otherwise the history could have been different. That was more obvious against Bayern and to a certain extent against the Spuds. But the cherry on the cake was the game against WBA where Bellerin (again, here Wenger should have stick with Debuchy which was picking up form) was left alone against the elements.

      1. Joel didn’t start that game, and he and Bellerin are forming a good partnership onthe right. We forget that withSouth American players on International duty they play in different time zone, and I think Campbell’s game started gone midnight on Wednesday. That plus jetlag would probably been playing on Wenger’s mind on whether to play him. Alexis with his greater experience is probably a different matter, but I think it still shows in his play. Tis the curse of having brilliant South Americans in a team, but I’ll live with it for the shere joy of watching the skill they bring to the game.

  2. Ramsey should play centrally and give Cazorla a much needed he cannot play every game the way Wenger expects and sooner or later he will end up on the treatment table. Let Campbell continue till January when we can buy a proper winger and back up DfreakingM

    1. Campbell is a proper winger, and I would ask you who you would care to replace him with. Joel is much criticised by Arsenal fans as “not good enough”, but Joel plays pretty well for Costa Rica who can rough up sides England have real trouble with. Please stop under estimating what you have. The grass is not usually greener on the other side.

  3. With Mesut Özil’s new found desire to get in the box and score goals its very pleasing to add to this the goal scoring hunger of Ramsey by playing him centrally. Had Campbell continued with his initially bad performances Ramsey or ox would have directly replaced him, but its its diff. Now after the Zagreb game. A lot of variations can be done now like, Campbell on right with sanchez as striker and Özil and Ramsey interchanging places left and centre. Or it could be Ramsey replacing flamini or Cazorla or Campbell directly .
    However, for the weekend, he’s supposed to come as a sub I guess.

  4. Campbell
    – Faster
    – Better passer (especially in the final third)
    – Better possession

    – Better stamina

    1. Personally, I don’t think you can compare Ramsey to Campbell and vice-verse. Both are totally different players, and I think the point you were trying to make was, Rambo is a box to box Mid and has the stamina to do that role, while Joel has the attacking skills of a forward so is better on the wing. It is a shame that people have marked your comment down for trying to highlight the difference between the 2 players styles because they feel you were attacking Rambo or saying that Campbell is better than Rambo, which I don’t think you were.

  5. First, I can’t believe that people are still beating up on Joel. He has quality and the more hames he plays for us the more this will shine through. He does a good job in attack and defence so for me a full 90 mins against Norwich for Joel is a no brainier.
    As for Rambo, he will be no where near match fit for at least a couple of games, so giving him 20 mims at the end instead of Santi is ideal.
    Personally, I’m more worried about resting Alexis and Ozil, both of whom must be shattered. Also, we need to be take care of Kos, as he use to be a little prone to inflamation in his tendons, and he is keyto our defence.

    1. There is no rational reason to rush either Ramsey or Ox back into the starting 11, neither are critical components to Arsenal winning @ Norwich this weekend. Ive always been a JC fan and think he was impressive against DZ on Tuesday, let the kid have a run of games and reassess during the January window.

      Ox and Welbeck imho arent the long term answer @ the position anyway

      1. I think Wenger sometimes likes to think on the pitch, and what was quite interesting was when he took off Giroud, put Alexis up front. Just putting this out there, could he be thinking of a front 3 like Barca but using Alexis, Ozil and Campbell for the Norwich game. I doubt it, but it might be fun as they can all play with the ball at there feet well.

  6. Whoever U play, its not time to drop any more points…. Lets tell d guys how important dis season is… We need all d points we can gather.
    We know we don’t spend in January, and we can’t compete with big spenders (i.e. City Chelsea, Utd) so, we need to pick up points now, and see what happens in Jan…
    We stand a chance dis season, we really do!!!!

    1. We do stand a chance, but just barely. One unexpected defeat, or a few unwanted draws can ruin the whole season. Second half of the season is way more difficult, against the bigger clubs there will be only the Chelsea game we play at the Emirates.
      The West Brom defeat came at the worst possible moment.

  7. In our last match i really saw alot of improvement in Campbell, its better to give him that chance of starting in the wing in Norwish game whether he can replicate that form. Ramsey should start from the bench, he just came from injury. There is need to rotate our player to prevent recurrence of injuries. This season is our season.

  8. We should not bring back Rambo to fast let us not get him re-injured and Joel had a fantastic match against Dinamo Zagreb and he should be reward with a start in the next match..lets build up his confidence he has talent we need to build him up..

    In terms of the impact on the Arsenal team I think it is good that we have to think of who we will play we have a big squad fully of talent we still have Walcott, Wellbeck, Coquelin, Wilshere to come back into the ranks.. we just need to start rotating more once they come in.

  9. We have too many injuries in CM and CDM to be playing Ramsey on the Right, keep him for in those positions, start rotating with Cazorla, Flamini and Chambers, keep Campbell on the right and rotate with Ox who is also back. That leaves 2 players to play in each position.

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