After watching Aaron Ramsey put in another stunning performance for Arsenal against his former club Cardiff City, it would be hard to argue with his manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman claimed that Ramsey has been so good this season that he would be a clear favourite to win the Premier League Player of the season award if the voting was to take place now.
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans will think I am a fool for suggesting that Arsenal drop the player whi has been our most potent performer this season, but I do have a few reasons. First and foremost is the concern about overplaying the young Welshman.
Ramsey is obviously super-fit, but he does so much work in every game it could take it’s toll with a drop on form or, even worse, an injury. Only three Gunners have started 20 of the 21 games this season, Ramsey, Giroud and Szczesny, and I would rest the French striker as well if we only had a decent replacement, but at the minute there is no option there.
Do you recognise the name Alexandre Rodrigues Da Silva, Arsenal fans? Because that is the player that Arsenal have apparently made an offer for, but don’t worry because you will probably know him for his Brazilian nickname Pato, which means duck in English.And, according to a Mirror report, Arsene Wenger has been quackers enough to bid 8 million euros for him.
The former AC Milan star returned to his homeland Brazil at the start of 2013, around the same time that Mario Balotelli joined the Serie A club from Man City. 24-year old Pato’s previously successful spell with Milan had been disrupted by injuries and the chance to join Corinthians was too good for him to turn down, no doubt hoping to get his place in the Brazil national side back.
Is Walcott Still A Guaranteed First Team Pick? by Buster Stonham
Despite being heavily linked with a transfer to the Premier League and Arsenal, the German international star Julian Draxler signed a new contract with his Bundesliga club Schalke earlier this year. Apparently, however, that does not necessarily mean that the talented young player will not be coming to Arsenal in the near future.
A report in the Express reveals that Draxler could soon become a Gunner after all. The same journalist, Jan Aage Fjortoft, that first broke the news about the club record transfer of Mesut Ozil, has tweeted that Arsenal are in pole position to sign the 20-year old and that he is often in communication with Arsene Wenger.
There is always a heavy run of fixtures at this time of year and Arsenal are no different from any other team in that respect, apart from being in the Champions League group stages of course, but that is part and parcel of being a big and successful club. But I can understand perfectly why Arsene Wenger is unhappy at the Premier League’s timetabling.
It has often been said before that English clubs are put at a disadvantage in Europe by the timing of the league matches. When clubs in the rest of Europe, like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, have a big Champions League game, their domestic games are altered if necessary to give them enough time between games to recover.
Arsene Wenger has admitted to being a bit surprised himself by nArsenal’s fantastic form which has catapulted his Gunners to the top of the Premier League table. But the Frenchman is taking nothing for granted because he knows how quickly things can change in football.
And it is often the festive period and the run up to it that can throw a spanner into the best laid plans of any title contender. So the boss, while full of praise for his players, has issued a warning that any relaxing of the high intensity will not be tolerated, as reported by the Daily Star.
I am sure that most Arsenal fans will agree with me when I say that it would be better if Arsene Wenger does not need to look for another right back at the end of this season. Bacary Sagna has put all the problems of form and injury behind him to remine everyone why his manager once claimed he was the best right back in the Premier League.
When Aaron Ramsey joined Arsenal back in 2008, he cost the Gunners around £5 million. At times during his Arsenal career, a lot of fans would have gladly taken that to sell him on again, but after his form and confidence have sky rocketed this season, Arsene Wenger has declared that he would not sell him for 10 times that amount, a whopping £50 million.
The Frenchman was answering questions after Ramsey scored another two goals, taking his tally for the season to 18, eight in the Premier League and five in the Champions League. As the report on Arsenal.com reveals, Wenger appreciates every part of Ramsey’s game and to be honest, if the Welshman carries on like he is, it is hard to think of another player that could replace him.
Arsenal fans must be wondering what has happened to Santi Cazorla. The little Spanish midfielder was the Gunners’ Player of the Season last year, but we have seen precious little of the skills that earned him that award so far this season. With Arsenal not having the deepest and strongest of squads and still having a number of players on the injury list, we need him to find his form again quickly.
Arsene Wenger was understandably a happy man after watching Arsenal despatch the Cardiff City side that had made Premier League rivals Manchester United and City look foolish. The Frenchman was rightly proud of the whole team’s efforts, which left the Gunners seven points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea, but he has some special words of praise for Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.
What’s stopping Mesut Ozil? by Ash
There has been a fair bit of news surrounding Arsenal and Mesut Ozil at the moment and the fact that many have been discussing that he has clearly had a drop in form. Well although I’m not going to come out and defend him because let’s be honest with one another and agree that we can constructively criticise Ozil for not being on his game. A lot of people seem to be surprised about the fact that we can criticise Ozil, but even the top class players can have a drop in form.