For Arsenal to succeed this season, the secret is simple: get Aaron Ramsey off the treatment table. Currently, he's indispensable to the Arsenal team and he must be wrapped in cotton wool.
Analysts and pundits alike seem to have finally taken notice of Ramsey's performances for Arsenal this season. His performances has been very efficient this season. No dazzling dribbles, no 'wow' flicks, no flair, but plenty of goals, a couple of assists, frightening amount of interceptions, mind-boggling number of tackles etc.
Ozil keeps grabbing the headlines due to his past footballing success (especially with Madrid) and his enormous transfer fee, while Ramsey hasn't been given deserved recognition for the roles he's currently playing in this resurgent Arsenal side. Ramsey would've been heralded as the next best thing to happen to human race after the invention of microwave oven had it been Arsene just signed him this season for thirty odd millions.
In a team with talents like Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Cazorla, it's Ramsey that actually steps up to the plate and keeps dragging Arsenal back to the top of the premier league table. The stats speak pretty much for themselves. He seem to be in the top five of everything ranging from Goals, tackles, assists to interceptions, passes completed in opposition territory, number of touches, distance covered by a player etc.
Jamie Redknapp rightly compared him to the likes of Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira, but with his newly found confidence I see him becoming a better player than the aforementioned legends.
I seem to believe (like many gunners after our bright start) that Arsenal are destined for greater things this season, but to achieve them we only need to do one thing : making sure Aaron Ramsey does not land on the treatment table. He should get a breather once in a while. Believe it or not, he's the form midfielder in Europe right now.
Mean Lean's Response
I can certainly believe that he is the form midfielder in Europe. Watching him blossom this season has been great fun and fills you with pride. The good thing about Aaron Ramsey is that although he is going through a purple patch in terms of goals, I think his all round game is here to stay if not improve further. His engine, ability to win the ball and character on the pitch is not form, that will remain in his game.
Ramsey will not continue to score in every game for the remainder of the season, that will stop at some point for at least a period but what is great is that he knows he can now score goals. Ramsey played behind van Persie when Cesc left the club and he found himself in goal scoring positions so often, he seems to have a knack of being in the right place at the right time but his finishing was so hasty. When Ramsey's eventually goes through a dry patch, I expect him to get back amongst the goals again and hopefully this will continue for the rest of his Arsenal and Welsh career.
What is exciting for me is that we haven't played anywhere near our best football so far. You never can quite tell but I am pretty sure there is plenty more to come going forward. Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta were our best midfielder's last season and neither have contributed very much so far. Lukas Podolski will be in his second season and maybe like Giroud, he has another level to climb.
We all bemoan the lack of a back up striker but wouldn't it be just like Arsene to pull out a new and improved Lukas Podolski in leading the line?
Things are going well, let us continue as we have gone on, keep our players off the treatment table and get those who are on it, off and we will be in good stead.