The Gunners have been incredibly damaged by big name injuries in 2014, with Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny all out at the moment while Aaron Ramsey has only just returned.
Out of all five of Arsenal’s best players, who do you see as the biggest loss?
Laurent Koscielny’s absence has certainly been visible in light of the rubbish defensive display against Everton, but he was around during the Liverpool and Chelsea (albeit only the first half) debacles. His partnership with Mertesacker has been formidable for large parts of the season and it was the backbone to our success earlier in the campaign.
Koscielny is certainly a big miss, one we could do with avoiding, but we have to look further up the pitch. Jack Wilshere is a fan favourite due to his passion and desire, something we sorely missed on Sunday. But even he has struggled to find consistency in his game due to injuries and the form of others. Many would hedge their bet on Mesut Ozil if your into Arsenal betting as he’s the biggest name on paper, but still even he is not our most missed player.
For me, it’s down to two – Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. Both strike fear in our opposition and have been consistent goalscorers, especially the former. Theo suffered a season ending injury after playing 250 games in the space of 7 days over the festive period. His ability to put defenders on the back foot in an instant with his pace, not to mention the support he offered Giroud, has been sorely missed. He was our top goalscorer last season and that’s a department we could have done with improving.
While Theo has been a huge loss, it’s been evident that one player still has been an even more important absentee: Aaron Ramsey.
Thankfully the Welshman is back, his dynamism that we’ve missed was on show on Sunday. Instantly he looked to get forward ahead of our striker and make things happen. The rest of our midfielders look lethargic of late, Rosicky has been too heavily relied on playing a huge number of games for a player of his age and susceptibility to injuries. Similarly Arteta has suffered in Ramsey’s absence too. Despite Flamini’s obvious defensive strengths, he cannot replicate the high tempo box to box intensity that the Wales international can.
Arsene Wenger will surely look to field Ramsey from the off this weekend against Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final with Flamini suspended for the next two games. Hopefully his return can inspire some renewed form..Because Arsenal need it and cannot afford any more slip ups.
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