In the midst of a lot of debate in regards to who Arsenal’s central midfield pairing should be, the Gunners’ star Aaron Ramsey has come out and stated his desire to play centrally alongside Francis Coquelin, where Santi Cazorla is currently being deployed. Ramsey admitted that he is not very happy playing out wide, stating that he has more of an influence on the game playing through the middle.
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For those Arsenal fans that are too young to remember Dean Martin, he was a member of the famous Rat Pack that included Frank Sinatra and who were all big stars in the 50s and 60s that really liked to party. Deano, who was a famous booze hound, came out with some brilliant one liners and one of them about a famously straight laced singer called Pat Boone went like this.
He said, “I once shook hands with Pat Boone and my whole right side sobered up.”
The TV pundits were pulling no punches on the Arsenal and Colombia keeper David Ospina last night, with both Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher not only blaming him for the winning goal scored by Swansea but claiming it as proof that Ospina has not got what it takes to be the Arsenal number one.
Arsene Wenger, however, saw things differently and is clearly keen to stand up for his keeper, as his post match comments on the Arsenal website show. The Frenchman instead suggested that it was the Arsenal defenders who were at fault for failing to deal with a situation the boss called an easy one.
With four games left to play before last night´s Arsenal needed just a single point to ensure that Arsene Wenger would have an 18th successive season to pit his wits against the best in Europe in the Champions League. So you could perhaps have understood if the levels of performance were to drop a little, but instead the Gunners went to Hull and played some of the best football we have seen from them all season.
That desire to keep going and the proof that Arsenal are continuing to improve and progress rather than stopping to admire what we have already done has clearly delighted the boss, as he explained in his post match interview reported on the Arsenal website.
Arsenal are nearing kick-off against Hull City tonight, in what looks to be a tough match against an in-form side who are battling against relegation.
The Tigers have won their last two matches, including a 1-0 win over Liverpool last Tuesday, and will be keen to gain all three points to push them four points clear of the drop-zone.
We on the other hand are pushing to finish second in the Premier League table, with Chelsea having wrapped up first-place this weekend.
Arsenal are of course the team with the most form in 2015, and will not be going into any match considering any less than a win.
Aaron Ramsey was not saying that Arsenal completely outplayed the Chelsea side of Jose Mourinho or that we definitely deserved to win yesterday, but the Welshman does believe that the Gunners edged the game and probably did enough to take all three points.
As reported on the Arsenal website, Ramsey reckons there were plenty of positives for Arsenal to take from the hard fought goalless draw with the champions elect, such as the likelihood that we will improve our finishing position in the Premier League this season, hopefully with another FA cup trophy to go with it.
The last time Arsenal beat Chelsea at the Emirates, in December 2010, one of the heroes that day was the Spaniard Cesc Fabregas, and Sunday will be his first return to the Emirates since he forced Arsene Wenger to sell him to his boyhood club Barcelona.
When that move was finalised, at a ridiculously low price, much was made of the fact that Arsenal had inserted a buy-back clause into the sale that meant that the Gunners would have first option if the Spanish giants decided to let Fab go at some point in the future. That point came and went last summer, but all Gooners were shocked that Cesc was snapped up by Chelsea instead of returning to the Emirates as expected.
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It goes without saying that Arsenal FC have a history which is the envy of most football teams. Yet, until The Gunners’ nine-year trophy drought was ended last season when they lifted the FA Cup, the noise of the questions being asked about the club’s ambition continued to grow ever louder. And even winning the grand old trophy did not sate the appetite of everyone.
The 2014-15 season has been another case in point. Arsenal’s 2014 FA Cup win merely raised expectations among supporters who hoped that Arsene Wenger would be able to rekindle his midas touch and use the success as a springboard.
He may not have done any actual managerial work since retiring from playing football, but the former Arsenal and Scotland international striker Charlie Nicholas does work as a TV pundit and football journalist so he should have a good grasp of tactics and knowledge of the clubs he talks about in the Premier League.
If the Arsenal transfer rumours hold any water, then Arsene Wenger has been considering a summer transfer mover for the international team mate of the Arsenal and Chile star Alexis Sanchez. And yesterday the player in question, Charles Aranguiz got the chance to show what he could do at the Emirates stadium as Brazil managed a lucky 1-0 win over Chile.
If that was an audition for his move to Arsenal this summer, Aranguiz did his chances no harm whatsoever with a performance filled with desire, determination, energy and ability with and without the ball. His closing down and work rate reminded me of Alexis and perhaps it is some more of that South American grit that Wenger wants to add to the centre of our midfield.