With the news that Jack Wilshere will be out for a minimum of six weeks with a hairline fracture of the navicular bone, it is understandable that a lot of Arsenal fans have become very pessimistic about their side's chances of ending their trophy drought this year.
Facing a near-impossible task to get past Bayern Munich in the Champions League and languishing in third place in the Premier League with a tough run of fixtures coming up, their only hope of silverware may be the FA Cup, and a tricky tie against Everton awaits this weekend.
With Wilshere injured, two of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will start in the holding midfield roles, and with a big game against Bayern looming, Arsene Wenger may well rest Arteta, whom he believes to be one of his more influential players.
This leaves Arsenal looking bare in terms of creativity from deep positions. In their 1-1 Premier League draw against Everton, they were pressed deep and struggled to create many chances. Now, with Flamini very much a defensive player and Chamberlain being a box-to-box midfielder rather than a playmaker, it is hard to see where Arsenal's attacking threat will come from, with the exception of the full-backs.
It is easy then, to see why the return of Ramsey against Tottenham would be such a boost for their season. It comes at the start of a very tricky run of fixtures for them, and to have a commanding presence in the midfield who is talented with and without the ball would be a real help. It would also mean that Chamberlain would be able to move back out to the right wing, a position where he would be able to use his great attribute: pace.
Kim Kallstrom may also be available for that game, although for an ageing play it may be a step too far to expect him to boss the midfield against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in his first few games.
Ramsey is still one of Arsenal's players of the season, despite his three-month lay-off, and with him it may be possible for Arsenal fans to again dream of winning some silverware, whether it be the FA Cup or an unlikely bid for the title. Inevitably, there has been a great deal of murmuring about the drop in performance of Mesut Ozil around the capital.
Could it have been more than a coincidence that his form dropped away at the same time Ramsey was injured? Either way, with a return to fitness of Ramsey and form of Ozil, Arsenal may prove a force to be reckoned with in the closing weeks of the season.
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