I am sure that the Arsenal and Wales international midfield star Aaron Ramsey will get on to the Carrow Road pitch at some point today during the Premier League match between Norwich City and the Gunners but, just like in our midweek Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb, I think it will be from the subs bench.
Arsene Wenger has already spoken this week about his plans for Ramsey and admitted that the Welshman is not really an option to fill the boots of Francis Coquelin as the holding midfielder for Arsenal. The boss pretty much said that he would continue to use Ramsey mainly on the right flank and if he does start against Norwich then it is almost certain to be in that position.
But the reason I think he will start on the bench today is what Wenger said about Joel Campbell in a report on the Arsenal website.
The Frenchman said, “This season I didn’t want to loan him out because he has a genuine team attitude and he’s a fighter. What you want from him is to bring more offensively when he plays.
“Recently he has shown that when he is confident he can produce the offensive quality and also be reliable with his team attitude.
“He’s a fighter so that’s great for us. I smelt something with him that is very interesting. He’s creative. I could see that but the creativity is linked with the confidence. You open your eyes when you feel really free to take the initiative.
“That was a bit of his problem. At the end of the day you decide what’s best for the team. Ramsey is coming back of course, Alexis is also there but it’s good to move Ramsey inside during a game and give Campbell the opportunity as well.”
It was looking as though Campbell´s career at Arsenal was not going to last much longer but our injury problems have given him a decent chance and he has begun to impress. So will another decent game against Norwich today prove Wenger right to keep him?