Can Ramsey set Arsenal off on a winning run?

Will Ramsey’s return bring about a change in Arsenal’s fortunes? by SE

Aaron Ramsey returned to action for Arsenal during the 2-2 home draw against Hull City last weekend. The Welshman came on as a 62nd minute sub for Mathieu Flamini, as the North Londoners went in search of an equalizer. Ramsey completed 82% of his attempted passes and created two chances in the 28-minute period he was out on the pitch, but did very little to pose a goal threat to Steve Bruce’s side. Going forward, and having made himself a vital cog in the Arsenal machine, will Ramsey’s return bring about a change in Arsenal’s fortunes?

Ramsey’s performances this season, prior to injuring his hamstring in the first North London derby of this season, have been decent; but, given Ramsey’s rise in stature and the expectations he has to live up to, as a result of his good performances in the last couple of campaigns, he wouldn’t be satisfied with his displays — which included 2 goals and 1 assist — during the early phase of the ongoing season.

Ramsey will surely be crucial to Arsenal’s objectives this season, as he gives the Gunners that extra impetus from the middle of the park. Far too many times, the role of a playmaker is overhyped to such an extent that the significance of a good box-to-box midfielder becomes undermined and disparaged.

Ozil’s absence, though will not affect Arsenal by much given the German’s underwhelming performances prior to his injury, will make Ramsey’s role in the side that much more important. The North Londoners have missed Ozil’s creativity this season and, exclusive of the former Los Blancos playmaker, the Gunners do not have other personnel in the same playmaking mould as the German. Wilshere can drive forward, and give Arsenal a goal scoring threat but, if you’re expecting the Englishman to keep Arsenal ticking in the middle and final third of the pitch, I am afraid that the 22-year old has done very little to promise that much, at this stage of his career. It is precisely due to that reason why Ramsey’s return comes at the right time for Arsenal, thereby minimizing the pressure on Sanchez to do it all for the Gunners.

Final Thought
Arsenal’s defense, midfield and attack have all failed to impress this season, that Ramsey’s return, alone, cannot make a significant difference to the Gunners’ rectifying their early season failures. But the Welshman’s return to action will give Arsenal better creativity, impetus from the midfield, and will minimize the pressure on Sanchez to pilot a struggling Arsenal side.

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  1. He just need to rediscovered his blistering form and hopefully help us string a solid number of results. ION, hostilities aside, that rabona by spud Lamela was a thing of absolute beauty

  2. I like how little sense this article made, u undermine ozil saying he was poor then say we will miss ozils creativity, fact is if the team has no spine (Quality hardworking defensive minded players) everyones gonna look poor, if a player lacks versatility and u yet decide to play him out of position x1000 where it doesnt work, then he is going to look poor, if wilshere isn’t fkn sure whether to replicate andrea pirlo/alonso as a Dm or fkn Yaya toure as a box to box OR fkn david silva/iniesta as CAM then guess what? he’s gonna look poor, if u fiddle with pennies in signing players u need and end up signing NOONE then ur fkn gonna look poor, if u walk into a season with 6 senior defenders (one being 19) then bobs ur uncle, ur gonna look poor, in January the WHOLE world told arsene replace fkn walcott so we can win the title and guess what he ignores us AND WE LOOK POOR, watching post match interviews where NOONE TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR shit PERFORMANCES, and kinda shrugs them off like ” we tried our best, still get my paycheck, who gives a flying fks, the fans r stupid mugs anywayz” makes us look poor

    Final thought:

    Our lack of proper management, makes us look poor

  3. We need to get away from the idea that any one player can change our fortunes. If that was true then Ozil last season or Sanchez this season would have done it.

    The issues run deeper than just players.

    1. think this is the first time ive watched a spud goal an not had any way to put down a goal…it was brilliant…well done lamela- ur team are still sh*te tho

  4. Wenger on Koscielny’s return: “I can’t give you any date. I hope he’ll be available after the next international break (around 22. nov.).”
    AW: Sunderland will defend & we’ll get few openings Hmmm….
    in other words don’t expect a good performance hope we have a plan 2 counter it else post match interview Wenger will blame Sunderland for having too many players behind the ball

    1. I hope this Monreal experiment will stop. We have a very good centreback in Chambers and a very good right back in Bellerin. All the early season rave about Chambers were about his displays at centreback, not at right back. I hope Wenger will use the players in their areas of strength.

  5. Does Joel Campbell need to do a Kanu (score a hattrick in the last 15 minutes) in order to get a start under Arsene Wenger?

  6. I dont see Ramsey changing anything, is he going to play all, Ramsey shone last season because the whole team was playing well. Rosisky was there to cover in midfield when Ramsey ran to the box, but right now the whole team is shit

  7. @twig. Cole? Surely not gervinho? 🙂 off topic heard walxott may be played at some point tmw, wengers undecided and rightly cautious. No news on gnabry, guess hes available? Kos after international break.

  8. Ospina listed as out until January 2015! Conincidence that this is when the transfer windows open? Same injury since the world cup, did we buy a goal keeping diaby here? Diaby now has a minor calf niggle.

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