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Looking back at the Chelsea display you can't help but feel that his defensive game has been missed massively at times, especially in the big games where we do not always have the ball. I remember reading earlier on in the season how Ramsey was among the top scorers if not the top scorer as well as completing the most amount of successful tackles in the league. You can twist stats however which way you choose but that really is as black and white as it gets. A player who was on top of his game at both ends of the pitch.

Almost as if his player valuations are detrimental rather than a club strength. The next sentence I would expect to hear is something along the lines of 'We need a David Dein type, who can strike while the iron is hot, pay the extra monies and seal the deal. Arsene just hands over his list and off Deintype goes and comes back the player' cigar in hand, tie loosened and two top, super, super quality signings underneath his arms.

So what of those who are yet to put pen to paper? I say 'those' but one of those people are in fact the manager along with right back Bacary Sagna. Here is the thing, I think Sagna has turned his Bacary on us (sorry) which is fine. He has been very loyal and has stuck with us for years now. He is coming towards the end of his peak years and is unlikley to improve as a player from this point onwards. He may want to either have a new challenge or indeed one last pay off. As long as it is not to Tottenham then I can pretty much appreciate whatever he does when the season ends. For me, Bac is the best right back I have seen playing for us since I first started watching Arsenal, back in 1990. Better than Dixon and Lauren in my opinion. Wow, we've only had three first choice right backs in 24 years. That is what you call continuity. I think we would struggle to find a right back as good a Sagna defensively but should Sagna want to leave then this could be a chance to evolve rather than replace

So why are Arsenal top of the tree with 10? Is it the players themselves? not sure about that as we have chopped and changed our squads over the years yet consistently remain in contention for the injury table title. Is it the way we play? Manchester City play a style based on pass and move and they have had far less injuries. What about the size of our squad compared to our rivals? especially those who have played CL football. The issue I have with this is our midfield. Our midfield is way up there in terms of depth and quality, it is the one area of the pitch where Arsène has rotated the squad more often than not yet we have a number of key personnel out from that area.

The Stoke City defeat was difficult to take for so many because we were very much in the title race and with such difficult games coming up you kinda expected more from our team in our last performance. This has lead to a sudden wave of Wenger out, Just leave Wenger or my current favourite using the words of the utterly disgusting Mourinho and then repeating them at the doorstep

As good as it was having Rosicky out there on the weekend it will be great to have Özil refreshed and back in the side. The criticism of him has been crazy. How long ago was the Manchester United game? Who was our best player that night? How long ago was the Southampton game? He was the only one pushing us forward that game. On the contrary, I get the sense that Mesut is actually about to go on a good run of form. There are some good signs. As I already explained he has been our best player in recent games, started the Bayern game in good shape but the Ox will help him play his game. The pre assist for Podolski's goal against Liverpool. Us playing high up the pitch with more runners will also help him massively. I am pretty certain that we won't have to wait until very long before his doubters go missing. That is what tends to happen you see.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more