There’s not a huge amount taking place that’s related to Arsenal. Focus is mainly on England and friendlies. Such things I find a little tiresome, mainly because, as much as I try, I find it near impossible to get excited about International fixtures. Sure, I’ll watch Euro 2016 for the football. I might even muster a forced cheer should England not splutter horrendously in the group stages, but It’ll be tame by comparison to the burgeoning fires of lust that dwell in my loins when it comes to Arsenal.
Well, it centres around something as insipid as a change of shirt number for Aaron Ramsey. He’s gone from No16 to No8. Fascinating stuff. As it’s been pointed out several thousand times on Twitter, this could be a numerical representation he’s half the payer he was, but that’s a little harsh if you ask me. Rambo still has quality in abundance. Unfortunately for him, one season of glorious triumph on the pitch has now become the expected standard. Anything beneath that is met with jeers, snorts and colourful language.
His number, to many, implies he’ll be considered a starter next season – it’s interesting how numbers can alter that perception. Anyone awarded a shirt from 1-11 is almost instantly considered to be one of the first names on the team sheet. Often that’s very far from the case – look at Kieran Gibbs, for example. Numbers mean very little in the long term.
Should Ramsey be considered a regular starter, you’d assume that would be part of a central axis alongside Granit Xhaka – ‘Ramshaka’ as it’s being called.
Currently, I find that central area of the team exceedingly interesting. Any one of Coquelin, Xhaka, Cazorla, Wilshere, Ramsey and Elneny could start there. Which of the 6 I’d select – assuming all are fit – it’s quite the tricky choice to make.
Should Jack perform well at the Euros and return unscathed, he’d be in with a good shout. The same applies to Ramsey. Both Coquelin and Elneny have shown energy and tackling ability when called upon and we all know how Santi quickens our play when in possession. There are 3 defensive and 3 attacking options and, right now, if I operate under the assumption all are firing on the required number of cylinders, there’s a case to be made for each partnership.
So, if I had to pick one?
I’d go with Ramsey and Xhaka for the balance – one left footed, the other right. Both full of energy. I’d not seen enough of Xhaka to accurately surmise his defensive preferences, but I’ll assume someone who proclaims to be ready to fight as the type both happy and willing to do the dirty work. Should Ramsey start, he’d need someone with positional discipline to cover when he looses possession having just attempted his 458th unnecessary flick in the first 20 minutes of play.
It’s genuinely a tough question to answer. I feel that I’ve offered my final answer, but don’t do so with any confidence I won’t change my mind at a moments notice. Before I do that, I’ll throw the question out there to you, the delicious reader. Let’s imagine for a moment you’re charged with managerial duties at Arsenal. Who would you select given a squad free from ailments or pesky ligament troubles?
Use the comments below to share your thoughts.
On that note, I shall bid you all a fond farewell. Gainful employment is calling and as much as I’d like to tell it to, “p*ss off”, I mustn’t as I’ve bills that need paying and fancy clothes to buy myself (I’m a princess). I’ll look forward to reading what you guys think when the moment presents itself.
I shall return tomorrow with more. Until that time, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.
PS; I’ve just seen this. It’s by some distance one of the most excruciatingly sh*t-awful things I’ve ever had the misfortune to witness.
‘You just got Kaned’?
Ffs Tottenham fans are the worst. Club deserves to be liquidated.
— Jak (@jak_heer) May 26, 2016
There are no words to accurately sum this up. Tottenham fans…