When Aaron Ramsey replaced Yossi Benayoun on Sunday it’s fair to say that there was a rumbling of discontent as expectant punters voiced concern at Wenger’s decision to overlook the pace of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in favour of playing the Welshman out of position on the left again.
While any frustrated mutterings were quickly drowned out by boos for Samir Nasri as he too left the field, you can’t help but think that if Mikel Arteta hadn’t smashed home a winner the decision could have stolen the headlines. Thankfully we’ll never know…
All the same, speaking to the Arsenal official matchday programme ahead of Sunday’s win over City, Ramsey reflected on his deployment on the wing in recent weeks and the job he’s been asked to do by Wenger.
“The boss just asked me to drift, get on the ball and into little pockets,” explained the Welsh captain.
“That’s what I’ve tried to do, and I think I played well at Everton – where we were definitely better on the day than at QPR.”
Having had four clear cut chances at Goodison Park to score as well as countless others during the season, it has been pretty obvious that when it comes to keeping his head in front of goal Ramsey still has some work to do.
Indeed, so bad has his shooting been that Arsenal are thought to be seriously considering protective netting for supporters near the North Bank corner flags knowing a potential law suit is just one wild swing of his badly tattooed leg away…
Admitting as much (before THAT miss in injury-time against City) the youngster continued: “I certainly had some chances up there but it’s not just at Everton – I’ve had a few! I’ve been getting into the positions, but one thing I need to improve on is my composure in front of goal.
“It’s so frustrating because I really should be putting the ball away. “I think I could have easily reached double figures this season if I’d taken my chances, but I’ll learn from it and I’m sure it’ll click soon.”
Arseblog News keeps its collective fingers crossed for Aaron. As they say in Cardiff: “lllllllllyyyyyynnnnnn nnnnyyyyyylllllll lllly lllln lllllyyyyyn lllllllllyyyyynnnnnlllllyyyy Charlotte Church lllllyyyynnnnlllll lllln llllyyynnn nllllyyn ”