Aaron Ramsey has declared himself fit and ready to face Tottenham, but should Arsene Wenger bring him back into the starting lineup for the game on Sunday?
The Welshman has grabbed two assists since his return from the injury that he picked up against Liverpool on the opening day. Arsene Wenger loves Ramsey (as do I) and it’s almost a foregone conclusion that if he’s fit, he starts.
But it’s also hard to deny that we’ve done pretty well without him in the side and you have to ask if his inclusion at this point would upset the stylish applecart that has seen us go unbeaten in the league since that Liverpool debacle.
Santi Cazorla could also be available. Granit Xhaka is free after his ridiculous three-game suspension for what has been a yellow card (or no card) for every player who has done the same thing since. Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny also give Wenger some options.
A lot, I guess, depends on Theo Walcott’s fitness.
If he isn’t available, we could see Ramsey out on the right and while he helps us keep the ball, he runs off Giroud well and generally does everything you’d want from a good player, his lack of pace out wide limits our options. As does his tendency to drift into the centre.
The inclusion (or not) of Giroud is also a factor. When he plays, we need Ramsey as he’s a player willing to get beyond the Frenchman when others sometimes seem reluctant.
It certainly is a conundrum.
Having watched Tottenham against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday Wednesday night, I’d love to see us go full speed at their wobbly defence. That means Theo or the Ox out wide rather than Ramsey.
You chose your horses for the courses.
That being said, should he start, I won’t be crying about it. I’ll be thinking how awesome it is that we’re able to have a discussion like this that asks if a midfielder of Aaron Ramsey’s calibre should get into the team or not for one of the biggest games of the season.