Should Arsenal play Ramsey tonight or save him for Spurs?

Arsenal welcomed the return of Aaron Ramsey to the side last weekend, with the Welsh midfielder’s 13 match absence coming to an end. Ramsey, who was left injured after the Gunner’s opening Premier League fixture, finally returned against Sunderland, and made an instant impact by grabbing an assist only minutes later.

Ramsey was originally only expected to be ruled out for a few games after picking up an injury back in August. It was anticipated that he’d miss the next few fixtures but that he would be back in training by around late September at most. In typical Arsenal style however, set backs to his return weren’t far away and he returned to training later than anticipated. He struggled to get his fitness back up, much like Giroud who has also had an issue with fitness post-Euros.

Many believed that Arsene Wenger had rushed him back from his summer break and that a lack of fitness and preparation was therefore the reason for why he struggled during the Liverpool match. Ramsey had a prolific tournament with his national side at the European Championships in France, helping Wales reach the semi finals. Despite reaching the latter stages, Ramsey was rushed back to club football much earlier than other European hotshots, including Mesut Ozil who reached the same stage of the competition with Germany.

Ramsey is a well known fan favourite of Arsene Wenger. Wenger seems to love to have Ramsey in his side, no matter his readiness, confidence or form and in the past that has worked against us. However this time around, it may work in Arsenal’s favour to see Ramsey put straight back in the starting line-up, with such a busy schedule ahead in November. Over the next week alone we have a testing trip to Bulgaria for a match against Ludogorets, before facing rivals Tottenham in the league. Rotation will be key during this time and so having Ramsey back in the side will be beneficial, especially with Cazorla remaining out for the time being.

On rotation and Ramsey’s fitness, Wenger said: ‘I don’t know [if Ramsey is ready to start], I will have to analyse all that now, with [Granit] Xhaka back. We play now in the Champions League and then we play Tottenham. So I have to see who I rest and who I play without diminishing the chance of the team to win the game.’

Ramsey has had his tough times at Arsenal and having missed a large chunk of the season already, Ramsey has some ground to make up in regarding to making his mark in the side. If only the Welshman could replicate his stunning 13/14 season statistics, then Wenger would have an even greater selection conundrum on his hands.



  1. Kumagaya says:

    Everyonne has to work their way baxk into yhe first11 except Wengers love Ramsey. I just hope he isnt above xhaxa and Elneny in the pecking order. Although i am sure this is whats goung to happen. If he can pickup form quick in a few game he might be forgiven

  2. tiyas says:

    in the midfield we are with out cazorla,who i rate him highly. he stands in the heart of our attack, help us get out of difficult situations, can dribble, create opportunities, can shoot out of the penalty area. we all saw how much an important player he is during his injuries. so i would start xhaka and give Ramsey 30 minutes in order to be sharp for spuds if cazorla cant play. Ramsay is a better option than eleniny. i wld even choose Chamberlain before eleniney in midfield. i like xhaka he is quality player but needs to learn how to make a foul with out seen a card. come on gunners win the group and avoid next round barca, bayern, madrid or juve. so we can do atleast two steps further from last few years. Tiyas from Ethiopia wish you a happy mid week and weekend for all gunners where ever you are!!1

    1. muda says:

      Bayern will probably finish 2nd in their group, because atletico are leading the group with 9 points, bayern 2nd with 6 points.

  3. Ramterta says:

    guys i know this may not be a common opinion among many fans but in the past
    4 seasons cazorla sanchez ramsey and ozil had been outstanding in one of them each ramsey had the best

  4. muda says:

    If he is to start against the spuds, then he will need game time today.
    So it is Rambo to play anyway, Elneny is a bit slow for NLD.

  5. Goonsquad8 says:

    You guys really news to stop playing fifa and open your eyes and learn more about the game. The stick elneny gets is beyond ridiculous and to even suggest Ramsey should start over him based on merit is irritating to say the least. Ramsey can not do what Elneny does at the base of midfield and elneny was excellent against Sunderland. Ramsey will come in and disrupt our fluid passing game and leave our other DM exposed and isolated. He only grabbed an assist cause he was selfish as hell and tried to turn at the top of the box instead of playing gibbs in. I like Ramsey but to suggest he’s ahead of any of the 4 CMs is blasphemy

    1. tiyas says:

      what elneny do best is passing the ball diagonally that’s not what we need. we all saw in middles brow game when chamberlain came on we had the best chances even ozil scored an offside goal. he cant pass the ball through players. we need some one who can drive the ball and create goals for the strikers that only took Ramsay minutes in the Sunderland game to assist our 4th goal. i like elneny but he lack speed, creativity, aggression that’s the fact.

      1. tissiam says:

        if you watched the sunderland you would know it,s not true,the guy had a bad game against boro but it has more to do with lack of playing time,rythm he needed one game to get back to his best!!

        1. Goonsquad8 says:

          Exactly THIS ISNT FIFA players can’t just come in and play to there full potential it takes gametime! After 1 game he was looking very sharp and solid

  6. sayn18 says:

    I would play Ramsey along with Xhaka and Elneny. Save Le Coq and Ozil for the Spuds. Hope Santi is fit for the weekend.

  7. Mo1 says:

    If ramsey starts against spurs we lose no ifs no buts no maybes we lose guaranteed.

    The deluded fools who are raving about his assist against sunderland REALLY?
    OK let’s go over it shall we, he tries to turn the defender over runs it falls to gibbs who smashes his shot against the post, ball comes out to donkey who doesn’t pass but goes for a SHOT which again he mishits and it falls luckily to sanchez.

    Desperation it’s laughable ramsey is slow, has no strength in the tackle, dilly dallies on the ball way too often, greedy always going for glory loves being selfish.

    Ramsey to get game time should only be when ozil is rested or injured, xhaka elneny, santi, coq all have way better qualities then him and should be ahead of him in the 2 midfield positions.

    Oh another fact our only loss who was in midfield getting bossed by another donkey Henderson from liverpool yh you got it right lol

    One season wonder who has no way justified his place in the starting x11 now we have adequate cover he stays on the bench like giroud.

  8. Mo1 says:

    @tiyas, go specsavers mate if you really think El neny had a bad game against sunderland then more fool you.
    He was solid in the tackle won nearly every duel he went into to, was intercepting , diagonal short n long passes, he didn’t put a foot wrong.

    Him n coq both had a very good game combined.

  9. Tekena says:

    Jekinson Gabriel Holding Gibbs
    Elneny Xhaka
    Chamberlain Ramsey Iwobi

  10. Tekena says:

    Jekinson Gabriel Holding Gibbs
    Elneny Xhaka
    Chamberlain Ramsey Iwobi

  11. Wilshegz says:

    Cazorla is gonna start on sunday… Walcott too.

    it ll be same lineup that beat Chelsea xcept maybe Gibbs in for Monreal… so Ramsey should play today in the CAM role while Cazorla n Ozil are rested.

  12. 254gooner says:

    No, cazorla should start against spuds. He a proven track record against them. Plus if my memory serves me right, Ramsey – Coq partnership wasn’t that effective last season… Plus NLD us not the game to experiment with partnerships. Ramsey to start tonight

  13. Dawa says:

    I would like Ramsey to play a key role on Sunday, so that said, he should have full game today——to get him into grove.

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