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But if forced I must give it to Aaron Ramsey mostly because of his energy and effectiveness in carrying out the game plan. His tackling was spot on and always a threat to score on the counter.This was best exemplified by second goal, starting the move by dispossessing a Villa player and sprinting into the the Villa box to convert the cutback by Ozil. I would like to give a big shout-out to the ever improving Joel Campbell. He gave almost everything especially in the first half by pressing the Villa attackers on their left side and dropping back to help Bellerin. It made a hell of a difference in making Villa look toothless.

Well obviously Ozil, Alexis, and Cazorla each played better individually but the team defended tremendously well once they got ahead. It seemed like they were dropping off to contain much more than stepping up and trying to keep a high line or trap and that left very little in behind. But the best defense is attack, and going forward with speed I thought the wing play was much more creatively explosive and caused a lot of problems.

I’d have gone with Campbell, yes. A player who performed as well as he did at the World Cup doesn’t become useless overnight, despite not playing regularly. He’s a naturally front-footed player, pacey and willing. As with many of the more notable Central and South American players, he has an energy and hunger to his game that others often lack. Reshuffling the entire side, particularly that already thin midfield pack, would’ve unbalanced things horribly

We took quite some time to get our engines running, and the opening exchanges were not as fluent as I am accustomed to see. We can certainly attribute the slowness of our start to the fact that most of our players played against Bayern on Tuesday, however the soggy pitch slowing our play down didn't help matters. Both our goals came from aerial balls at a period where we were unable to make much headway as the ball kept getting stuck on the pitch.
In the second half we gave a polished performance with more zip, and while Everton had many opportunities with the ball, I felt we were in the driving seat all game long

MotM has to go to Petr Cech. Before 10 minutes had gone, he had already made a superb save on Thiago after a great one-two with Thomas Muller. We go 1-0 down on 9 minutes and it’s game over. Another decent save on Vidal later in the half to go into half time at 0-0; always a chance in the second half. Notice how Cech always parries his saves out of the penalty area, towards the corner, not straight back into danger. This was crucial today. A third brilliant save on Lewandowski at 75 minutes proved to be vital as we went the other way to score 2 minutes later

Ramsey must play in the middle". This they suggest would allow the OX to play as a wide forward. That idea is now totally discredited based on recent performances by the Englishman. Others of that cult have gone  further and suggest that Rambo should play centrally instead of Santi. The idea that we not play our most technically proficient central-midfielder so as to shoehorn the Welshman

His performance was excellent. I also noticed that he was holding the ball up much better. He needs to improve on his composure and finishing a little but that will come with just starting more games. I don’t see Wenger signing a striker or any player for that matter in January and with Giroud off form and Danny Welbeck injured I see Theo being given the opportunity to make that position his own until Welbeck is fit at least. He is making very Henry like runs and I feel we COULD be watching the next evolution of Theo into a genuine world-class striker. How far he goes depends a lot on how often Wenger starts him in that position. If he starts 80% of our games in that position, barring injury he will get between

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more