Arsenal have just received the great news that after four months out, their player of the season Aaron Ramsey has finally returned to full training.
Now it’s a question of getting him up to match fitness before the massive FA Cup semi-final game against Wigan. Arsenal will have to ensure he gets on the pitch against Everton this weekend in order to make sure he has a taste of first team football before the Semi-Final.
With a fully fit squad Ramsey still walks into Arsenal's starting line up and on a pitch like Wembley his ability to cover ground at both ends of the field is vital.
A question which is much debated amongst the Arsenal faithful is who should partner Aaron Ramsey in a central position at Wembley next week.
Mikel Arteta would be the obvious option and most likely selection as the pair have a great understanding together.
Arteta dictates the play in deep areas which gives Ramsey licence to get forward and do what he does best.
Ramsey’s recovery is also beneficial to Arteta, who struggles to turn quickly if the ball gets behind him. The two have a great record together and I fully expect them to be starting come next week.
However some Arsenal fans prefer the gritty side of Mathieu Flamini to partner Ramsey in terms of balance.
The positives of going with Flamini on the day is that he is more mobile than Arteta and tends to cover the full backs better through his work rate and energy. This is useful on a big pitch like Wembley when Sagna and Gibbs are getting forward on the day.
Other unlikely options include Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Kim Kallstrom. I don’t expect Wenger to select these two as Chamberlain lacks the experience in this position for such a big occasion, and has been guilty of giving away possession when playing a central role.
Kallstrom meanwhile has lacked games at Arsenal and is highly unlikely to be given a role at Wembley at all.
There is also an option of playing Arteta and Flamini together in order to hold together and have Ramsey in an advanced playmaker role. This would limit Ramsey’s defensive work, providing him with responsibility of our attack, however given the opposition I personally would not want this to be the case despite the absence of £42.4m man Mesut Ozil.
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