Where does Ramsey fit in?

The international break allows our injured chaps to recover at home rather than tread foreign fields in search of their country’s honour. I am sure that Mr. Ramsey would much rather have been out beering it up with his Welsh colleagues but instead he has been under the delicate ministrations of our medical team, hopefully he will be fit for selection on the weekend.


If he is, will he play and more to the point where? And who gets dropped?

Where does he play? Β Alongside Xhaka? Neither Xhaka nor Santi have played for their countries so both will be fresh. Will AW change a winning formula? It seems unlikely though certain AA’ers predict AW will settle upon a Ramsey/Xhaka combo as his preferred midfield.

Further forward? An attacking midfield role has always been Ramsey chosen position and one he plays in so successfully Β for Wales. Iwobi has triumphed in his first game for Nigeria and the flight home from Africa plus the excitement of his first goal will perhaps rule him out of the game at The Emirate – Ramsey is the obvious replacement. But …. AW may prefer to play Elneny alongside Xhaka with Santi further forward.

My choice would be for Ramsey to sit on the bench until the CL game and let Ox take Iwobi’s position on Saturday. What do you think?

written by Big Raddy


79 Responses to Where does Ramsey fit in?

  1. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy, this is a question I have asked myself. Ramsey is excellent for Wales where he is the binding quality in midfield, but surrounded by players of better quality at Arsenal, he is unlikely to be the main pivot in the same way. An Arsenal side on top form is a slick machine with every cog functioning perfectly.

    What worries me about AR is that he tries to play the Wales way for Arsenal. He has a fantastic engine, and times his runs into the box to perfection, but when you have a team schooled in quick passing, someone running around all over the place and at times holding onto the ball too long can be disruptive to the flow of our play.

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Erik pulls one out of the hat. Again. Thank you.

    As you say, both Xhaka and Santi are rested, and on that basis I don’t see Arsene changing things. However, I’ll look up the fixtures, as perhaps congestion may alter things

    Back in a mo

  3. mickydidit89 says:

    Here we go:

    15 Oct – Premier League Arsenal vs Swansea City
    19 Oct – Champions League Arsenal vs Ludogorets
    22 Oct – Premier League Arsenal Middlesbrough
    25 Oct – Football League Cup Arsenal Reading
    29 Oct – Premier League Sunderland Arsenal
    1 Nov – Champions League Ludogorets Arsenal
    6 Nov – Premier League Arsenal Tottenham

    That lot, all very winnable, before next Interlull

    Certainly, some room for rotation

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    I think Iwobi keeps the ball moving, and usually forwards, far quicker than Aaron. Ditto Mesut and Santi, so I agree with your thinking

  5. Rasp says:

    I agree Micky, the key to unlocking tight defences is often to invite them onto us and then slice through them by getting the ball forward quickly with slick one or two touch passing – pinball football πŸ™‚

  6. Big Raddy says:

    We need to see Ramsey shooting again, in the past few games he has lost the ability.

    Of course, the main problem is that when he does shoot it is rarely on target – I wonder what changed?

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Yip, and given Arsene’s clear tactical changes from last season, this does appear to be company policy

    As for Aaron, he’ll still have a big part to play this season, as the inevitable injuries will arrive, and his versatility will be valuable

    ps In my heart, I still see him as a 4-4-2 player and therein lies the big problem for m in terms of finding him a starting berth. I just think Santi is better, and I also think Arsene will find games where Santi is resting and he prefers a stiffer, more positionally stable pairing of Coq and Xhaka in the middle

    I know LB and TA disagree. Only time will tell what Arsene is thinking

  8. mickydidit89 says:

    His hair?

  9. Big Raddy says:

    Seems an age since we last played 😦

  10. Big Raddy says:

    Bloody hell. Tony Adams is 50 today. Tempus fugit

  11. Rasp says:

    Ray Parlour was telling a story on the radio about the differences between the English and foreign players at Arsenal in his era. Basically the English boys liked to drink to excess and the French preferred a coffee and a fag to relax. The French couldn’t understand how the English could play after heavy drinking and the English felt the same about smoking.

    Apparently Giles Grimandi was a character and decided he wanted to join the English after a game for a change. He met them in the pub and ordered a cognac, Steve Bould joined the English contingent of which there were 5 (including TA before he dried out) and ordered 35 pints in one hit before they moved on to another pub.

  12. mickydidit89 says:

    True about the age between games during interlulls

    Shame the Arsenal world don’t share a mutual “B” sport

  13. Rasp says:

    I recommend this as a B sport …

  14. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.

    I voted ‘don’t know’.

  15. chas says:

  16. mickydidit89 says:

    And now…..the Everton goal


  17. chas says:

    Charlie George is 66 today, as well.

  18. chas says:

    …ya go

  19. Ant says:

    Who’s got a good memory? When Rambo was playing his socks off for the first 4-5 months a few seasons back and scoring all those goals, what position was he playing? Was it the same starting position for the whole period or did he change during it? And who mostly occupied the other midfield/striking positions around him?

    The way Rambo has been playing this season and most of last, then he certainly doesn’t deserve to get back in the team at the moment.

    Clearly the answer is his hair as Micky has already pointed out..it’s obvious!

  20. mickydidit89 says:

    Tell you lot something

    I see those goals by proper Gunners like George and Adams, and it makes me understand that however good Bergkamp, Henry and so on were, they just don’t do it. You know, like deep down do it.

  21. mickydidit89 says:

    Ant 2:41
    Yip, the hair

  22. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. 3.40, You are getting old πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  23. mickydidit89 says:

    That is very true Erik, and I bloody hate it. Only the bear minimum of my machinery still functions properly

    Actually, its why Jack’s failure hurts.

  24. mickydidit89 says:

    bare minimum even

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    I wonder if Iwobi is a Gunner. Came to England aged four, then been at Arsenal since primary school, so maybe

  26. Big Raddy says:

    Of course he is, the man is a proper Gooner. Shame he chose to play for Nigeria

  27. Rasp says:

    These are a couple of ‘proper’ goals. Remember this was with a much heavier ball – the first goal here would have carried the keeper into the goal with it if he got in the way ….

  28. Rasp says:

    Looking at Ant’s vid @ 2:41, Ramsey was on fire that season. I remember him being interviewed at a pre-season game and Theo and The Ox were taking the p’ out of him due to his lack of pace – he shut them up that year. It is true that he wasn’t surrounded by the same quality then as he is now but playing like that he’d have to be in the starting line up.

  29. chas says:

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    A German?
    Why not

  31. Big Raddy says:

    I thought Hummels wore the 5 shirt for Germany.

    Who is that? He has a touch of the Mad Jens about him

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    The writing across the middle of my screen says Thorsten Wagner

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, tonight on telly

    On ITV4, you can watch the pathetic Dutch taking on the wet French, or, on BBC4 at 9pm, there’s a documentary about the Painted Lady Butterfly.

    Get this, apparently the little fellas clear off to North Africa for some winter sun. Unbelievable. How do they steer through even a gentle breeze?

  34. chas says:

  35. chas says:

    What do you think about the English?

  36. mickydidit89 says:

    Weak, really weak

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    Good sense of humour though
    Unlike everyone else (ok, apart from americans)

  38. chas says:

  39. chas says:

    Do you reckon Cocu dived? πŸ˜†

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    What a top man, Tony Adams

  41. chas says:

  42. Eddie says:

    English weak?? you are off your trolley mate, they are the toughest bastards I ever came across, both physically and mentally

  43. Eddie says:

    thanks Raddy, I don’t care where Aaron plays, as long he is not warming the bench, far too good for that.

  44. Sid says:

    Hi all, I don’t get chance to comment much, but I try to read most days.
    I have been trying to work out why a picture of Jeff Blockley is on Tony Adams birthday tweet at 1.53 ?

  45. Big Raddy says:

    Sid. That is a very good point. I will speak to The Management.

  46. LB says:

    Good post BR. A topic that regularly comes up in comments.

    Sorry to answer a question with a question but how many goals has Cazorla scored from open play this season?

    Want to think again about what Wenger is going to do?

  47. fred1266 says:

    Ramsey could still play since Alexis might also be rested

  48. mickydidit89 says:

    Maximum respect to the Painted Lady butterfly πŸ™‚

  49. chas says:

  50. chas says:

  51. chas says:

  52. chas says:

  53. chas says:

    It was a bit of a theme on twitter yesterday. Soz. πŸ™‚

  54. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha Chas

    Poor Sid. Lost in translation stuff. Have to say I looked at it, and then the gravatar of a cat in a hat and just thought…leave it πŸ™‚

  55. mickydidit89 says:

    My 6:58 last night

  56. Eddie says:

    ok, you watched a documentary about butterflies. I was just about to be sarcastic but I remembered I watch all the documentaries about bees πŸ™‚

  57. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh, and, I didn’t want to show my ignorance because I hadn’t a clue who it was πŸ™‚

  58. mickydidit89 says:

    They can do 100 miles in a day!!!

  59. Eddie says:

    micky – sign them for Arsena, play them on the wings, could destroy defences πŸ™‚

    Nature is unbelievable. Cuckoo is an African bird that regularly flies between Europe the 2 continents and thinks nothing of it

  60. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Raddinski,

    Ramsey is the final piece in the speed and movement revolution. Xhaka or Coq sit deep, Ozil is as free as a bird up front and Rambo connects the back with the front together with the full backs. Rambo is the quintessential box to box midfielder and Elneny is his back up. Santi is the super sub, and when we play the top top teams who like to dominate possession in our half we can play Rambo, Coq/Xhaka and Cazorla in midfield (Rambo on right). We also need a good sub for Ozil and that is Santi’s role. All good options for us. Hope Rambo stays fit for a long time now…. And get the engine running.

  61. mickydidit89 says:


    I know you and LB think the same way, and I’d be absolutely delighted if Aaron surpasses Santi’s role alongside Xhaka or Coq as we’d then be dynamite

    As for your Rambo on the right. I reckon we played our best last term with him there, but during those games, Theo was through the middle, and I can’t see AW dropping Theo from the right

    As I said yesterday, it’ll be exciting to see how AW plays Aaron

    Strong looking squad options for sure

  62. mickydidit89 says:


    “We also need a good sub for Ozil and that is Santi’s role”

    I was just penning a quickie on that very subject!

  63. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Love the TA birthday cards.

    Last night I kept being woken by the noise of geese flying south, thousands of them. Probably have a week of this nonsense.

  64. mickydidit89 says:


  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Bloody migrants Erik πŸ™‚

  66. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha, I love that you refer to one of the wonders of the natural world as nonsense πŸ™‚

  67. mickydidit89 says:

    7:21 is the best Tony Adams
    I think it’s Jimmy Nail

  68. Big Raddy says:

    Why can’t the big bastards fly during daylight? No consideration or respect.

  69. Big Raddy says:

    It is Jimmy Nail and this is TA in another guise

  70. chas says:

  71. chas says:

    Are you doing Micky’s post or shall I?

  72. TotalArsenal says:

    Micky, Santi is a great player to have, and the fact that despite not being a good runner/ having a Seat engine he claimed that position, tells you all about his talents. But the B2B role cries out for Rambolala imo.

  73. chas says:


  74. TotalArsenal says:

    Great vid Chas. That total control of the ball in and around the box is such a joy to watch

  75. Sid says:

    Thanks for posting some more tweets Chas, it’s obvious now….

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