Ramsey down injured against Tottenham.
So what do you do when those meals the doctor says you must have to placate your diabetes become short in supply?
To say that Arsenal is in a diabetic condition is quite a harsh, inhumane statement but in all honesty, we’ve been in lil’ bit worse conditions for a while now. Having been in a trophy drought for 9 years, the Arsenal we had come to love seemed to be dwindling into unredeemable oblivion.
It eventually ended last season and while the credits of team victory goes to one and all, it is not quite possible not to see the peculiar impact of one or two. Last season became a turn around in our fortunes for the best part of a decade, in some respect to two players: Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil.
In their brief absence last season, we faded from the title race. With both injured at present, it appears we are likely going to struggle again
This is despite Wilshere’s comments that we can do without Ozil. According to Jack, Ozil has been playing in the left for sometime, though acknowledging his immense abilities in the Number 10 role. He, however, believes that there are enough players available to step in and do the job in that position, mentioning Chamberlain in particular and with the return of Walcott and Gnabry, the wide positions will also be covered. Wilshere did not fail to put himself up as a viable candidate for the Number 10 role, stating his preference to play further forward for Arsenal as against the Alonso role with England.
However, even without Opta, a quick review of the Ozil-Ramsey vs a Wilshere-Chambo pair will certainly show the latter aren’t quite as good.
Mesut Ozil is set for a spell on the sidelines until new year after picking up an injury on international duty.
For all their energy and youth, Wilshere and Chamberlain haven’t quite done as much in terms of direct contribution to goals as have Ozil and Ramsey. Without referring to last season, the ‘Ramzil’ have contributed more to goals and assists this season than any other player, besides Alexis Sanchez. Ozil may prefer the Number 10 role but his versatility makes him an important team player, being able to be deployed across the forward line, even as a false nine. Ramsey, on the other hand, is a real midfield workhorse in every sense of the word. From defense to attack, he’s rarely anonymous and while his passing could be unnecessarily wasteful due to school-boy flamboyance, he is the one player that seems to get it right when it matters most. The matter of the frequency of the combination of both players to good effect against the likes of Napoli and Liverpool, Hull and Norwich have already been discussed in a previous post.
And besides their quality, Wenger will struggle to cope with the increasing decline in the options he can summon when Plan A hits a brickroad during games. Diaby and Rosciky are alternatives, only as long as they are not on the treatment table.
Ozil and Ramsey are two huge blokes, and like a running wheel losing its spokes, we cling to hope as the only way we could cope.
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