Our season has been very much hindered by the injuries that have hit us on a weekly basis since the beginning of the season, especially the midfielders. Not one has been spared in the rounds of the epidemic, but while we await Arteta and Wilshere – and Diaby – there is genuine reason to be excited that about the return of two of our most important midfielders, Ozil and Ramsey.
Both combined well in many occasions last season
Games against Liverpool, Norwich and Hull were examples of moments were both players made good connections and as we’ve seen Santi and Alexis this season, a good understanding between two midfield players can always go far to propel a team to new heights. Ramsey has always had the potential to be better than he’s been in the past but the arrival of Ozil last season proved the perfect spur. With more players in the team now, it can only be better.
Our season fell apart when we lost both to injuries
We lost Ramsey in December, and Ozil followed suit after the psychological blow with the missed penalty against Bayern, but what became a collapse of to our title challenge in their absence was more of a consequence of what we had with them in the team.
Behind Giroud, Ramsey was top scorer, Ozil top assister
Scoring goals has not been a problem for us this season; Alexis has been running the show in tandem with Cazorla without breaking much sweat. But we know we can do much more than we have shown, as we cannot rely on a limited crop of players to lead us through games. It’s easy to keep track of strikers and forwards but Ramsey almost always gets into the box unnoticed, providing an additional goal threat to our conventional routes.
They are both World Class midfielders approaching their and will only get better
Few midfielders have had to bear more stick amongst Arsenal’s midfielders than Ramsey and Ozil. A few under-par games this season got many asking if last season was not a one-off from the Welshman while Ozil is not thought to have done enough to justify his £42.5m fee. At 24 and 26, we cannot say we’ve seen the best of both and with their injury worries now clear – and with Wenger applying better player management practices – we should be able to see them put in consistent runs in the team to see them recapture their form.
They will click with Alexis and Walcott
Had Walcott done better with his finishing, the first 30 minutes of Ozil’s Arsenal career could have seen him deliver a hat-trick of assists. We had a bad game at City, but both managed to connect for our equalizer, Ramsey with the assist for the Theo’s second, a delightful chip it was. With Theo injured for most of last season, and no Alexis or Welbeck, we did not have runners for Ozil to function as much as he did at Madrid with Ronaldo. If Wenger plays him centrally, Ozil could prove to be a new signing now.
Ramsey is an all round midfielder – good in attack, but vey vital in defence
Even a team with a dedicated defensive midfielder would still need hardworking players everywhere on the pitch and though Ozil has not proven a hardworker yet, we can rely on Ramsey to get dusty when require. Be it Coquelin or Flamini, he works ever so in winning possession back for the team.
Maybe we can do more with set-pieces
We are all gutting about the number of assists Fabregas has given at Chelsea but fact is that more than half have been from set-pieces, something we’ve not managed. It was some sort of a statistical anomaly, according to James McNicholas, that we did so against Hull but maybe better deliveries will see us score more. He laid on three against Stoke last season… Step up, Mr Ozil.
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