There has been intense speculation linking Arsenal with a number of midfielders recently, namely Sami Khedira and defensive minded players such as Morgan Schneiderlin and William Carvalho.
The Gunners have a host of options with the most established and fruitful partnership being Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey. Like most partnerships in football, it took time and patience. Mathieu Flamini adds depth and grit to the more defensive minded position, while new signing Calum Chambers could develop into another option.
Somehow I don’t see Wenger splashing out on another midfielder. For the time being, Wenger may look to nurture a partnership between Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey when the opportunity arises.
Wilshere likes to take the ball from deep and run at players, he’s very calm on the ball and confident in his passing ability, while he likes to get stuck in. When he first broke into the Arsenal first team he often sat a little deeper. If he can remain disciplined and form a solid understanding with Ramsey, then he could look to sit in front of the back four more often then get forward from time to time when the Welsh Wizard drops off.
We’ve really only seen the negatives from the young Brits playing together. The awful Aston Villa opening day clash last season perhaps the worst example. But there is plenty of time and opportunities for the duo to develop a balanced partnership.
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Mainly it will take the discipline of Jack to not venture forward as often. His defensive abilities are not to be sniffed at, and he can be a real work horse who likes to get stuck in. But he will need to work on not losing the ball in dangerous situations as he did on a few occasions last season, Ramsey went through a similar process of development.
Wilshere gets his hands dirty while Ramsey is the more elegant, fluent midfielder who will only get better. We really saw his attacking prowess last campaign, but both can operate as the midfield pivot and in the box to box role.
As mentioned earlier, partnerships take time to forge and flourish. Look at Mertesacker and Koscielny – a perfect example of two players who have different characteristics coming together. Although Jack and Aaron appear similar, they are quite different players. It may take some organizing and time but they have the potential to be an exciting partnership.
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