Ozil and Ramsey return to full training

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With the hectic festive schedule coming up, Arsenal have been boosted by the return to full training of Mesut Ozil, who has been suffering from a back problem, and Aaron Ramsey who picked up an ankle injury in the 2-2 draw with Man Utd last week.

It provides Unai Emery with some real attacking options ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Southampton, although first up is tomorrow night’s Europa League group game with Qarabag.

As the Gunners have already topped the group, it’s likely a chance for the boss to give a run out to some fringe players and young talent, but given that the German hasn’t played a minute of competitive football since the 11th of November he might feel inclined to give him a few minutes to help him regain some match sharpness.

Emery’s side have seven games between now and January 1st, including a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Sp*rs, fresh off their glorious DVD worthy 1-1 win over Barcelona in the Champions League, and a trip to face current league leaders Liverpool at Anfield.

The fewer injuries the better, and as Saturday’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Huddersfield showed, the more game changers we have on the bench the better off we’ll be.

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Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

Now we just need to teach them how to play centre-back…

David C
David C

I think flood the midfield and play a back 4 against Southampton – less CBs. Maybe a 4-3-3 or back to the ole 4-2-3-1.

GYWE
GYWE

*Barcelona B team, with special guest Thomas Vermaelen

A Different George
A Different George

They did bring on Busquets and, eventually, Messi, but I have never seen less intensity or focus in a Barca side.

Pedant
Pedant

Sp*rs getting through in the CL actually means they are less likely to win a trophy this decade (and it is over 10 years’ now since they did, their longest non-winning streak since the war) as they will struggle to win against the top teams there, especially if they play their best side, unlike Barca yesterday.

Let’s knock them out of the League Cup next Wednesday too.

Dun Lookatme
Dun Lookatme

Which war? The Crimean War?

Pedant
Pedant

https://twitter.com/clivebullen/status/1049691822640046081

the aim is to make this graph work, if they win nothing this season then the decline to zero trophies is complete.

gooner of Oz
gooner of Oz

first let’s concentrate on winning something ourselves

gooner of Oz
gooner of Oz

mostly it was them who considered Arsenal as a rival in befor 2010s we just laughed their smack talks off, hope we could once again be doing that soon, it just felt better to be arguing Ferguson’s team for the title…

gooner of Oz
gooner of Oz

I believe its obvious that I’m high right now even through a comment

Wengerballz
Wengerballz

Millenial here and a foreigner. I consider Man U and Chelsea rivals and dickbag clubs. City slightly less dickbaggy, Liverpool even a bit less so, and also rivals. Tottenham? Irrelevant. Tbh they didn’t register until I started following this blog not long ago. To me they were just one of those mid table brit clubs like Northeasthampton or Castleham or whatever their name. Those clubs you switch the telly off after watching the results of the top clubs you know?

Not even a burn. 100% true.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Welcome back, Ozil!

Devlin
Devlin

Glad they are both back, but it’s starting to seem like they just don’t fit into Unai Emery’s tactical setup.

Unai has had problems with Pastore and Ozil is no different, he just has no place in his setup for him. We play in the half spaces and not through the middle. Ramsey and Ozil have recorded their lowest touches playing in the 10 position for Unai. I don’t know if he gave the recruitment team his plans for their top earner and most senior player, but I don’t see it as Unai teaching anyone a lesson when he leaves them on the bench, he just doesn’t know how to use them in his setup.

Kolasinac who has just returned from a long lay off is an example of a player who Unai has accommodated into his tactical setup and now he is thriving, the change has also benefited Bellerinand our centre backs. Ozil and Ramsey have been with the side the entire season, bar the last week or so, but he does not look anywhere close to getting the best out of them while maintaining his style of play and organization.

These two players are undeniably talented. Mesut is such a special player and the records he has broken while at this club shows what he can do if you build to get the best out of him, but we have also fallen by the wayside in league football during his time at the club. Ramsey is unique in that the team seems to not benefit from his play other than get a few goals, he does not complement any of our players and hasn’t for a while now, but he is a victim of the team being built to get the most out of someone else’s strengths rather than his.

Unai will not succeed with either player, unless he comprises and finds a way to get his team playing Ozil or Ramsey’s football. Unai has never really compromised. He fooled the PSG players into playing his football without them noticing, after they complained about not being able put his tactics into practice. Neymar, Mbappe, Dimaria and Draxler are all half space players, his team took a 3-4-2-1 shape in game even though they started with a 433 shape.

I can’t wait to see how he accommodates our most talented player into his tactical setup, but I doubt if he will ever get the best out of Mesut.

gooner of Oz
gooner of Oz

I could relate to Ozil not being the best option (and I believe its got mostly to do with EPL game brand not Emery or Wenger) but Ramsey has been his best in Emery’s team he’s probably our best playmaker in that 8 or 10 position right now

Katiguta wilberforce
Katiguta wilberforce

Yeah, add kos and nacho to the return list but please emery. Do not bring oz10 vs sp**rs. It will undo every good we intend to do against them. Play him 93:min in Europa. His body is fit for dead rubbers. Big up all gunners.

Runzac
Runzac

Now lets give Özil some time to gain match fitness before we hop on board the f… punditry bollocks about his posture and lack of commitment and other shit.

gooner of Oz
gooner of Oz

Ramsey will obviously leave on a free Ozil isn’t Emerys type of player and has a wage of 10 BPL benches, hope we do sell them in January and bring in where we lack, surely a new playmaker or a top winger or centre back would be more ideal than a sad Ozil in the stands or a leaving Ramsey

Mike de Jong
Mike de Jong

Game Changers? Mkhitaryan & Iwobi??? I don’t think so. Game Clangers, more like!!!

santori
santori

Much ado about nothing as per usual by press all too ready to sow discontent and negativity on the all too easily manipulated Arsenal fan base.

As mentioned likely just as Emery alluded to a back spasm.

We could well do with Ozil against Soton. We have missed a bit of creative impetus of late.

Several options against Soton we can start a triangle up top with Laca or Auba on apex and then Iwobi and Mhki just behind or we can have an inverted triangle with both Auba and Laca supported by Ozil in the hole.

He certainly gives us great option and should be viewed as an asset rather than this yoke some fans all too often like to belief.

In fact, in an ideal world, I would much prefer to keep Ozil AND Ramsey (on new contract), sell Mhki.

santori
santori

Againt Soton imo:

……………..Auba……….Laca………………..
………………………Ozil……………………….
Kola……………………………………..Bellerin
……………..Granit………Torreira……………
…….Monreal…….Koscielny….Lichsteiner….
……………………..Leno……………………….