Aaron Ramsey (8)


#683

Xhaka?


#684

#685

Still a garbage player tbh. Part of the problem in our midfield


#686

I disagree. He is a b2b (so is prob. Xhaka to a degree), and I still maintain we shouldn’t be playing with any b2b type midfielders in a 2-man midfield (but a pure play maker and a pure DM), but I think he’s really good at what he does and we’d see it if there was just a 3 man midfield he could play in. We seem to be getting quite a lot out of this square peg in a round hole right now and I’m happy about that.

Maybe the the versatility he adds to the squad warrants his place here.

Either that or Wenger is showing hints of trying some experimental midfield-totaalvoetbal where we build a midfield squad of "b2b-do-it-all"s lol (pls let that not be the case)


#687

Tbf that’s an impressive stat


#688

He’s really not a garbage player.


#689

Play him in his position and he does well.


#690

Like a lot of our players, he has some great qualities (engine, good instincts to get into the box and knack for getting scoring opps (not the most composed), works hard to track back), but he also has some flaws that expose themselves fatally in too many situations - undisciplined, not always aware of danger when we lose the ball, too enamored with getting into the box at the wrong times with a team that is sometimes crap at moving the ball through the opponent).

I find myself liking him although I realize he isn’t a great footballer but can occasionally have great games or even great strings of games. He would benefit from a really good tactical manager who worked more with him on the cerebral side and on overall reading the game.


#691

Until you consider that he’s often the top 3 highest positioned players on the pitch because he leaves his midfield partner stranded and he averages about 9 shots sky rocketed for every goal.

TBF his end product this season of 3 goals and 2 assists in 8 starts is pretty impressive so far if he can keep it up.


#692

Yeah this is the double-edged sword that Ramsey is… over the last x years it has been a problem that we tend to not know how to break teams down and are too ponderous on our counters, so we force the issue with more players forward, leaving our team more exposed to counters, etc… there are tactical issues, discipline, intelligence, etc. but at the end of the day, the biggest issue is that we always seem to have at least one big gap in offense (player-wise) and at least one in midfield and defense on top of that.


#693

Not really, it just means he’s been here a long time and is more offensively minded than Vieira.


#694

Exactly. There aren’t many CMs who have played that many games under Wenger, let alone offensively-minded ones.

Though, personally, I reckon Diaby would have reached such dizzy heights if he hadn’t been crippled by injury :sunglasses:


#695

Are you trying to seduce AC?


#696

Nah, I like a challenge :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#697

Who says I find talking sense seductive?


#698

You can act cool but all of us know you are turned on.


#699

Frankly I’m just not all that into asians.


#700

If he keeps up his current rate he would end the season with 12 league goals and 8 assists which would be impressive regardless of wether you like him or not.


#701

Ah still in denial I see - pretending i’m Asian in order to convince yourself that you’re not in love with me :sunglasses:


#702

racist