Ramsey ready for well-deserved break

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Aaron Ramsey has hinted he’ll miss the start of the new Premier League season after confirming he now has three weeks off after Wales’ exciting EURO 2016 campaign was ended by Portugal.

After impressing throughout the tournament the midfielder had to sit out last night’s semi-final defeat to Portugal following his costly yellow card in the win over Belgium.

The 25-year-old will return from France tomorrow, along with the rest of Chris Coleman’s squad, and will likely be given a heroic welcome in Cardiff before heading off on holiday.

“I am back [at Arsenal] on August 1, so I have a few weeks off but, obviously, it kicks off a couple of weeks afterwards,” Ramsey confirmed.

“A few years ago, Germany won the World Cup and the German players came in just a few days before the first game of the season, but they missed that.

“He [Wenger] does like to give players a little break and I’ll be getting the same treatment. I feel I need a few weeks off now.”

Reflecting on his impressive showing in recent weeks, Ramsey added: “Before the tournament, I was really keen to do well and stand up and be noticed. I feel that I’ve done that.

“It helps playing in this team, as well, but I wanted to personally do my best and I think I have.”

Assuming we don’t suffer a pre-season injury crisis it’s likely that Ramsey’s absence will be covered by the likes of Jack Wilshere, Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and new boy Granit Xhaka.

Mesut Ozil, so influential last season, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny also risk missing the first game of the new campaign against Liverpool (now on Sunday 14 August) given they too are still involved in France.

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JB
JB

Could be a big season for Rambo – I reckon he can form cracking partnership with Xhaka.

But we have so many different options now that missing the start of pre-season and probably first few games could mean we find something even better!

assistantref
assistantref

Oh god, he said it. Now three of our midfielders are going to collide with each other in training and be out for 9 months.

God is a DJ

They were right about Wales being a one man team. Shame that man was in the stands last night.

Fabulous
Fabulous

On that note, we signed Bale after Real decided he was surplus to requirement after purchasing Hazard…. And then I woke up. I guess all the media kissing Mou’s and Zlatan’s arse got to my head. Now I can’t wait to see them failing (a long shot but hey imagine what excuses Mou will use then).

ac
ac

Hazard is hugely overrated.

PJ
PJ

Hoping for an epic clash of personalities and failed performances by e specialist in parking bus together with his bus drivers.

freddies stripe
freddies stripe

Could be a big season for Rambo. Would it be wrong of me to say though I feel like him and xhaka are a little bit similar in their styles and we could end up with the Gerrard/Lampard problem but with Ramsey/xhaka or would it be off set by the fact neither have egos bigger than the team bus and Ramsey doesn’t actually mind doing a bit of running…..

adriano
adriano

They’re very different styles though. Almost no comparison.
Ramsey has developed into an offensive force and likely won’t even be playing in that #8 position. He needs to be one of our front 4.
Xhaka is very similar to Kroos or Alonso. Totally different area of the pitch.

assistantref
assistantref

Xhaka is actually able to sit back, he’s more like Arteta. Who formed the best partnership with Ramsey of any we’ve tried.

toma
toma

He has done enough to warrant his £50 move to barcelona surely.

poly
poly

he would cost more than fifty quid

Reidar
Reidar

Unlike Theo

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

In Ramsey’s absence, Bale was forced to shoot from long distance. Ramsey would have created space and Bale would have been lethal.

Papyrus
Papyrus

I do not like the fact that Ozil, Giroud, Koscielny, and Ramsey may have to miss the Liverpool and probably Leicester games… Sanchez is nursing an injury as well. Troubling, but I hope the gaffer has something up his sleeve.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Gaffer has Carzola, Theo (Akpom or Sanogo), Gabriel and Ox up his sleeve. He won’t play a potential new buy after one week of training. He doesn’t do that.

sauce
sauce

…koscielny being the biggest miss there IMO.. got a feeling he’ll be back earlier than the rest. Warrior.

Gooneron
Gooneron

Ramsey made Wales look good

Frankie boy
Frankie boy

Ramsey was a stand out star of the euros. He was pretty much man of the match in every match he played in at the euros. Bale started well but faded badly… But Ramsey on the other hand just got better and better and was pretty much unplayable against. Belgium.

Hope he brings that form in to the new season for us.

Dan Hunter
Dan Hunter

So where was that passion and performance last season?

Locksley444
Locksley444

I think ramsey ‘s play style is perfectly suited for the no. 10 role in the or premier-league. We signed ozil however, so we end up playing him deeper where he has to curb his creative instincts or on the wings where he’s really not a big threat.

Fabulous
Fabulous

Completely agree. But with Xhaka alongside him I hope we see Ramsey from the 13/14 season. Xhaka is the closest thing to Arteta (his partner in crime that season), defensively very disciplined but can pick out passes and recycle possession very well. However I really think away from home a 4-3-3 may be better as we’re always caught on the counter. And 4-3-3 can absolutely bring the best out of Ramsey than 4-2-3-1

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Ramsey could benefit from Ozil coming a bit deeper and our wide players getting closer to the CF, a proper 4-3-3 basically. We aimed for 4-2-3-1 last season but a lot of the time, especially in defence, it looks more like a 4-4-1-1.

Alternatively, I’d be interested in looking at a diamond formation. Whenever Sanchez has played alongside Walcott or Welbeck up front, with Ramsey wide right, we seem to form a diamond formation in attack with Ramsey tucking in and Sanchez surging forward. It’s produced some of our best football over the last couple of years and it could get the best out of all of our players.

A Different George
A Different George

Ramsey was terrific throughout the Euros. But I think people are underestimating the importance of having Bale in the team in giving Ramsey the space to influence the game as he did. I don’t think it’s a question of formation (though it’s hard to imagine Arsenal ever playing five at the back, as Wales did); I think it’s the absolute fear that defenders have of Bale in possession and running at them. Only Messi, in a close-possession kind of way, inspires an equivalent fear (Ronaldo did this until recently; maybe Henry fifteen years ago was similar).

steve
steve

Rambo was a big miss last night and I suspect he would have made the difference – just hope whoever wins tonight goes on to win the whole tournament!!!

Mississippi Gunner
Mississippi Gunner

Obviously Wales didn’t have a chance without its Master of Dragons. It’s fucking mental mates. Mental. Two yellow cards in five tournament games, no biggest-game-of-your-life for you buddy! Sorry. All yellow cards given by referees are fair and reasonable.

Super proud of Rambo. He showed his quality and made his country proud. Hope he repays Arsene’s consistency with him this season

H18ury
H18ury

No probs. Liverpool will be missing Joe Allen.

Fuzzy Dunlop
Fuzzy Dunlop

I’m sure he’ll end up playing alongside Xhaka, but I can’t help but think that playing him on the left of our three forwards behind the striker (with Alexis on the right, Mesut as the no. 10, and Santi partnering Xhaka in the middle) would allow him to replicate some of the incisive running and passing which he’s shown for Wales in a position higher up the pitch. Mesut would then be able to drift wide into the space that Ramsey creates by coming inside on to his right foot. Anyway, just a thought.

Ebo
Ebo

“I wish there was a match for 3rd place that he could still play in before he takes a break!” -No one

assistantref
assistantref

Haha, that may be the best part of this euros. No 3rd place match. Excellent.

rossi88
rossi88

Sign a bloody striker and CB

Matt
Matt

Hope he rests well for the coming season. AND also hope today’s rumours about a bid for Drexler and West Ham coming for Walcott are true. That would be a hell of a signing and good riddance respectively.

Matt
Matt

*Draxler*

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor

Thought you meant Clyde “The Glide” Drexler. He would be a very different signing.

Daz
Daz

Ramsey played alright in the games he played apart from the England game. His wayward passing is his problem, let’s hope he does better this coming season than last with his confidence back.

Martin Finley
Martin Finley

In Wales squad he was one of the main men and a key player, In Arsenal he is just another squad member and there are several players higher up on the food chain.

But I think Ramsey prefer to be the central key player everyone looks to. He had a great season for us a few years back when he got to be the main man in midfield.

I also notice he said it was important for him to do well and stand up and be noticed in this tournament which will probably lead to speculation that he put himself in the shop window.

West Ham apparently interested which is a club where Ramsey would be one of the key players again.

But ofcourse this is just speculation.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I am sure Juventus, Atletico, PSG and Dortmund would like to have Ramsey. Fans want Wenger to buy Draxler but we already have our own Draxler even though Ramsey has been quite inconsistent playing for Arsenal. Lot of our players pay the price for Wenger not wanting to change his system.

Cape Town Gooner

I seriously doubt that Ramsey would want to go from a starter at Arsenal to anything at West Ham. I also seriously doubt that Wenger has any intention of selling him.

John C
John C

Ramsey isn’t a starter at Arsenal which is why it would be a good move for him

theonwalcott
theonwalcott

Ramsey is a starter at Arsenal

Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell

Hopefully he has put himself in the window and we can cash in. Not good enough in the system we play but could be a star elsewhere for lower team who build game around him. Take 20 million for him and wish him well.

santori
santori

Most fans can’t see past their noses.

Buy a superb up and coming 30m holding mid and they complain about too many midfielders etc.

We always suffer knocks We need to have the cover.

To me next season :

CF – Giroud Walcott (new player to replace Walcott)
RW – Ox Campbell
LW – Alexis Iwobi (Gnabry)
AM – Ozil Ramsey
CM – Santi Jack
DM – Granit Coq
UM – Elneny (Zelalem or Jeff)
RB – Bellerin Chambers
LB – Monreal Gibbs
CB – Per (New player to understudy Per)
CB – Koscielny Gabriel
GK – Cech (Either of Ospina or Szsc)

That’s two per position plus a couple of youth players thrown in.

Ramsey for me is best in the attacking third with license to roam into the box and press high. That’s where he has been effective for Wales. Jack is better carrying the ball and linking like Santi. No way is Granit similar to Ramsey. We will also need Coquelin to be at his best and there is option to play BOTH Coquelin and Granit to close out games. Elneny for me is a useful utility cover.

Missing still is a striker. Not because Giroud is poor but because the other strikers (Welbeck injured) Walcott one dimensional, aren’t simply weighing in.

Also we need a Cback not because Per is poor or lacks pace but this area needs a bit of rejuvenation given age of both the excellent pairing of Per and Koscielny (plus uncertainty still on Gabriel). Chambers to me is best in his original position (for Soton) to develop which is at Rback.

Its not exactly an unreasonably deep squad or in any ways unbalanced if we get those two reinforcements.

Sean
Sean

I know it should be fun to see how our players get on in the final stages of the tournament, but I have to say it’s equally frustrating from an Arsenal point of view. The first couple games of the season will almost have the feel of pre-season matches as the team we put out will be a lot different to the line-up we’ll be using for the rest of the season. Wouldn’t be too much of an issue if we had some easy home games to open with, but we’ve got Liverpool and Leicester who’ll both have pretty much settled first xi’s (with the exception of Kante… and Joe Allen.) Anyone else feeling a Xhaka, Elneny and Cazorla midfield for those games? Playing off that new WORLD CLASS striker obviously :p

santori
santori

Wales clearly missed Ramsey.

Shorn of him, Bale had to carry much of the burden on his own.

The likes of Allen (Bigged up by the press as ‘world class’ when under Brendan Rodgers) too easily exposed for his mediocrity.

Those who pompously believe they know more about football and development than Wenger should do well to also remember (yes he has his flaws) but he had faith to bring in Iwobi, Campbell, Coquelin and Bellerin where many were bleating on about how these same players they now laud lacked quality for Arsenal.

At the same time they were going on about MVilla, Melo, Carvalho, Capoue, none of whom have impressed terribly on the world stage.

Ramsey to me needs to be played further forward as a surrogate to Ozil (You never know if the German may suffer a knock and even so the number of games may mean a bit of rotation required)

He had to play the link role with Flamini last season and the pair did very well for most parts with wins against City and the crunch match at Olympiakos. This was done without some of our best players available to squad it has to be remembered.

But when the attack dried up (ironically when Welbeck and other attacking assets returned), we dried up in front of goal and Ramsey took a bit more risk venturing further up the pitch to compensate which ended in several matches like the one against Liverpool where we had a disconnect and leaked goals in a 3-3 draw.

When the impressive Coquelin returned, he had similar problems with Ramsey and again we leaked goals because Ramsey felt compelled to push forward to make up for the lack of goals. Again both Walcott and Welbeck available but neither putting them in either.

I think with Santi and Jack available, we have two players who can hold the ball at feet or move it through traffic.. Coquelin and Granit will hold and the latter also can match the much missed Spaniard in adding another distribution node from the back in addition to GIroud and Ozil along the spine.

Ramsey therefore is betters served forward where he has a knack for scoring and arriving in the box in support of the main striker.

He is a pass and move player and less able to navigate through congestion but probably better distributing like Ozil further up.

An excellent player and I just don’t see how some people would deem we have some sort of crisis in numbers in midfield. We have one of the (potentially) best midfields around.

Instead there was all this hype about this Renato Sanches bloke with Portugal (in part thanks to the cretin Stewart Robson). Some Arsenal fans were having the usual moan about why we did not spot this talent earlier like we need more players in midfield.

The Portugese wonder kid was decidedly average for me and even Stewart Robson had to admit (rather stupidly) that he was splaying around way too many loose and mishit passes.

Some people will never give our players enough credit and lap up the usual nonsense served in the media.

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor

When he was in his Welsh Jesus pomp (at Arsenal not last week) was he playing the 10 or 8 role? For a couple of months he was the best player in the league. If it was the box to box role, maybe he can duplicate that with Xhaka behind him?

aaron
aaron

Hoping our players come back and perform as well as they have on the international stage this summer. Kos, Xhaka, Ozil, Rambo, Giroud & Alexis have all been brilliant and we need them to step up again this season

He's got no hair but we don't care...
He's got no hair but we don't care...

Ramsey, Giroud, Kos, Mesut, Sanchez etc will all be delayed starters and of course we have Danny out too, oh how I wonder whether our manager will do anything about it by spending money that actually isn’t his?

bdotm
bdotm

Rest Ozil atimes and play Rambo there. If it doesn’t work you can always make early substitutions . Rotate the squad, keep everyone fresh. Rambo can play there and can be effective too as we have seen