Aaron Ramsey says he and Jack Wilshere can hit it off in Arsenal’s midfield…they just need to stay fit at the same time to prove it.
The two midfielders made their competitive debuts for the Gunners a month apart nearly seven years ago (Ramsey vs FC Twente, 13 August 2008 / Wilshere vs Blackburn Rovers, 13 September 2008) but have only started 50 games* together in all competitions since.
Given the plethora of midfield options at Arsene Wenger’s disposal, and the fact both men prefer to operate centrally, synchronised game time isn’t likely to be a given this campaign either. The Welshman insists though that his and Wilshere’s style are definitely in tune.
“I’ve been injured and then he [Wilshere] has been injured…then I’ve been injured,” Ramsey told RWD recently.
“We haven’t had that real chance to play with each other and to show what we’re capable of doing together.
“Definitely when we’re on the pitch together we’re on the same wavelength. I think a lot of the Arsenal players are anyway, especially with our midfield.
“The technique and vision and the ability to play quick and to get the ball down and play…a lot of our players are capable of doing that. Everybody is on the same wavelength.”
Looking ahead to the 2015/16 season Ramsey also sounded a warning to rivals claiming the Gunners can challenge for the title if they pick up where they left off last year.
“It’s been a great few years for us where we’ve had the opportunity of bringing in these [big money] players.
“The club’s a lot more settled now and I really believe now that this group of players, this squad, is capable – if we can keep the consistency throughout the season – of challenging for the Premier League and other trophies.
“That’ll be our main aim next season, to start off the campaign well and to be consistent throughout. If we show the same sort of form we showed in the second half of this season [just past] throughout the whole of next season we’ll be right up there.”
He also touched on his personal aim for the year ahead having endured a frustrating 2014/15 season that saw him repeatedly sidelined.
“My main goal now is to try and stay fit through the whole season. It is a bit difficult when you’re getting injured every couple of months and it gets a bit stop start. It takes a few games to get back into it. My main thing is to stay fit, give it a go and show everybody what I’m capable of doing.”
Yeah, we know what you’re thinking…where the hell have seven years gone?
Cheers to @Orbinho for the stat.