Harry Redknapp says that he expects Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette to have good seasons for Arsenal.
After a fantastic 2013/14 season, and a strong start to 2014/15, Ramsey fell away with injuries and has struggled to reach those same levels ever since. However, with the change of formation towards the end of last season, the Welshman found some form and did particularly well in the final few games.
Against Everton, with only 10 men, Ramsey produced a quality midfield performance, capped with a curled effort, to lead Arsenal to victory. In the FA Cup final, he got the winner again, before scoring with a nice lobbed finish in pre-season to keep his run of form going.
Alongside Xhaka, Ramsey’s started to form the partnership that Arsenal fans were initially so excited to see. Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has backed Ramsey to get back to his best, telling The Sun via Daily Star:
“What Arsene Wenger should have going for him is Aaron Ramsey, who had a great European Championship last summer and then stuttered. But Aaron should be recovered now and I think he can have a great season.
“Arsenal are going to need players like him to stand up because they have to be back up there this year.”
Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette has started at Arsenal in a similar manner to how he finished at Lyon, by scoring goals. Already bagging two from his three starts, after managing 37 goals in 45 appearances last campaign, the Frenchman has told the media that he’s ready for the challenge.
Redknapp seems similarly confident about Lacazette’s chances in the new season, saying: “I saw a lot of Alexandre Lacazette on TV and you would be surprised if he wasn’t right up there in the scoring charts.”
The first real test for the two players will come on Sunday, with Arsenal’s match against Chelsea in the Community Shield.
After a disappointing pre-season friendly against the Londoners from Stamford Bridge, Arsenal will be looking to put things right in the match that actually means something, just as they did in the final at Wembley in May.
Hopefully Lacazette and Ramsey are up to the task.