Why Wilshere NOT Ramsey should start against Man United

There has been a lot of talk about whether Arsenal should start playing Jack Wilshere in the deep lying holding midfield role that he has started to occupy and do very well at for England. But it seems clear that Arsene Wenger is not so keen and he definitely won’t do it for the first time in a game of the magnitude of Saturday’s clash with Man United.

However I still think that the England international midfielder should start the game ahead of his Welsh counterpart Aaron Ramsey. For one thing, purely on form at the moment, Jack is the better player. Ramsey has not quite got up to his top level yet, partly due to his injury, while Jack has been busy all season improving and proving his critics wrong.

Wilshere is also coming off a great international break, with two wins, two Man of the Match awards and his first England assist under his belt. Ans although he will not be playing the same role, he is learning more discipline and defensive duties which will help him against United.

Mikel Arteta is fit again and I expect the Spaniard to start, but he will need help against the likes of Rooney, Di Maria and Fellaini and I think Wilshere is now in a better position to offer it. And then he can really get things going as Arsenal go on the attack. With the ponderous Carrick likely to be in front of United’s shaky defence, Wilshere’s skills could be the key to unlocking their back line and he even has the long pinpoint ball now for the likes of the pacy Alexis and Welbeck to latch on to and get behind United.

Maybe against the defensively stronger and high pressing Borussia Dortmund the following Wednesday, Ramsey will be the man we need, but I think Wilshere is the man for United. Do you agree?

Tags Arteta Fellaini Rooney


  1. mobaygunner says:

    Dont matter what u think arteta and Wilshire are out best midfield partnership right now….if wil just play deep beside arteta and use his long range of pass that we know he got Sanchez and welbeck would be even more effective…just pick ur runs carfully jack I really think if he does these things he can emulate what ramsey did last yr…and yes on current form ramsey need to watch from the bench…1 of my favorite players but all I care about right now is wins upwards and onwards A.F..C

    1. karansagar says:

      My suggested team:

      Bellerin … Chambers … Mertesaker … Gibbs
      Wilshere … Arteta
      Ox … Cazorla … Sanchez

      Subs: Martinez, Monreal, Ramsey, Walcott, Campbell, Podolski

  2. jt says:

    atm it seems that regardless of who we think is the better midfielder, jack is more willing to work for the team this season. There was something telling about the way ramsey went to hit that volley against swansea just as santi was teeing up to strike it, he wants to score all the time now and its affecting the balance of our play.

    Realistically he needs to be benched but Wenger just doesn’t have the gonads to rotate his favourites. If he does play we should also play arteta because even though the ramsey of last season covered ground and actually helped out the other central midfielder, this season he’s detrimental to the defensive aspect of our game

    1. KickAssFan says:

      Guys, it won’t surprise me to see Sanogo, Giroud and Ramsey all starting together.

      I’ve always said it: I prefer Welbaked to Giroud. But in the previous article where 4-4-2 was suggested, I did say it will be a partnership between Giroud and Welbake. Ordinarily, Wenger would easily drop Welbeck for Sanogo( that’s how much of a Genious he is) simply because of the French connection (favouritism), but Welbeck is English and that should be enough to save him from Wenger’s colossal tactical idiocy.

      Actually, players should be choosed based on form and tactics, so if Wenger basis his team selection on form and tactics, I wouldn’t fault it (actually, Wilshere and Welbeck are in better form and Ramsey and Giroud, so they both should start ahead…)

      1. KickAssFan says:

        LOl! Meant “chose”

        1. KickAssFan says:

          Oh! Boy! Auto correct! I belong to “the descriptive school of thought” on English. LOl!

          Ok, “players should be chosen”, ****meant that!!!!

  3. vish says:

    We have to win this match, no matter what, frankly dont care who starts. Just beat them by atleast 3 goals.

  4. vishal.forevergooner says:

    And Wilshere Is Physical too, Containign Fellaini Might Be Important

  5. Sumo says:

    Play both-

    But yes defensive midfielder and all that.

    1. ryanh27 says:

      Replace Ramsey with arteta and then I think we will have a good starting lineup… Interested to see if Wenger puts Chambers in central defence and gives bellerin an opportunity on the right, that would make our defence a whole lot stronger in my opinion…

  6. Big Gun says:

    United drew with Chelsea and they still had injuries. I don’t think we should take them lightly and I think whoever is hungrier on the day will win it.

  7. optimisticgooner says:

    Wilshere has come up wid good performances everytime he’s given d chance dis season, play d man in form AW.

  8. vijaygunner says:

    its like hodgson’s is playing in his preffered position and wenger doesn’t want to be proved wrong.

Comments are closed