In what was deemed a dress rehearsal for the FA Cup final clash at Wembley, Arsenal passed with flying colors as they put three past Hull city at the KC stadium. Goals from Aaron Ramsey and a Lukas Podolski brace gave the Gunners a much needed win in the ongoing battle with Everton for fourth spot. For the first time since the Boxing Day fixture at West Ham, Arsene was able to name an almost full strength team bar Wilshere and Walcott.
During the course of the Hull game it was clear our team missed the effervescent and energetic displays of Ramsey during his layoff. Mesut Özil has not lighted the league as many would have expected, but true football minds know what Mesut brings to our game and without him the attack almost looks stale. A typical example of Özil’s unnoticed play was evident in our first goal over the weekend where he dragged the Hull defense aside before feeding Cazorla who in turn assisted the marauding figure of Ramsey to slot in 1-0.
Now I’m not one to sit and wonder what would have been had Ramsey stayed fit the entire campaign, but on the back of displays like yesterday’s it is almost certain that we would have been in a better position than current. This Arsenal team is gifted with nimble footed technicians such as Ozil, Rosicky, Cazorla but lack an all action complete midfielder and that is where Rambo steps in. Blessed with a great engine and appetite for the game, Ramsey has taken his game to another level by adding goals making him the perfect midfielder and an indispensable figure to the team.
“I think there is still more to come, I’m still only 22, I still need to do better and learn a few more things, but the boss (Arsene) is telling me about that, things like positioning defensively,” said Ramsey back in November. ” I need to be playing well to be involved in the game and taking these games by the scruff of the neck and keep doing things I’ve been doing.”
Clearly this is a young man determined not to get carried away by the positives but rather aiming for perfection by correcting his flaws and improving. Watching Ramsey’s man of the match performance against Hull – where he covered the most ground (12.76km) than any other player, making a game high 50 passes in the opposition half, scored a goal and played a part in the other two – was definitely a breath of fresh air and seriously makes you rue his four month layoff and wonder what if?