Playing in every pre-season so far alongside regular starting players Alex Song and Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey has suggested that a midfield connection is starting to brew between the trio.
With Wilshere playing his usual supporting role to attacking players and Song playing as the defensive midfielder, Ramsey has found himself taking up the mantle of Cesc Fabregas in a more attacking role and has looked solid judging by pre-season matches so far.
The midfield trio found themselves the backbone to Arsenal at the back-end of last season and it seems with high speculation around Nasri and Fabregas, Wenger could be using the trio as a contingency plan if indeed the mentioned players leave the club.
Ramsey stated on the matter: “Me, Jack and Alex are starting to build a relationship and are doing well together.
“We’ve shown that we are more than capable of playing together and are connecting together. It is an interesting combination and one that I hope I can be apart of.
“In the middle, we did well [against Cologne] and it was a good work-out.”
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I have to say, from what I have seen of Ramsey so far has impressed, particularly in the match against the Malaysia XI with a raking through ball to set up Theo Walcott and the willingness to step-up for the penalty. He is solid in possession and has the knack of showing up where needed, as shown with his winner against Manchester United last season. Also I can’t help but feeling he would add more steel and grit to our midfield.
Although impressing in pre-season, it will be interesting to see how he does in the Premier League facing teams that are a whole other kettle of fish. He was solid at the back-end of last season and hopefully that trend is to continue if he indeed breaks his way into the starting eleven. What do you guys think? Do you think he is ready to step up if Fabregas and/or Nasri leave the Emirates? Or do we need a Mata or Cazorla (rumoured to be near signing with Malaga) to replace that high creative flair? Feel free to leave a comment below.