Friday, 4 April 2014

Wenger to risk Ramsey at Everton? -Chambo's 20/20 vision -England teenager scouted

Morning Gooners.

I have to admit being slightly taken aback with the news which emerged yesterday afternoon about the fitness of Aaron Ramsey. Arsene Wenger has earmarked the midfielder to play some part in Sunday's match with Everton if he suffers no pain in the training sessions leading up to the match, which is clearly excellent news.

If Ramsey does start or even come on as a substitute, it will be 102 days between the Everton game and the last match he played in, our 3-1 Boxing Day win over West Ham. That's a very long time to be out with a thigh injury.

Clearly he's had some set backs and no two individuals bodies are the same, so setting a time frame for any comeback is optimistic at best.  So I hope that Wenger remains cautious with Ramsey about his involvement this weekend. What no one wants is for Ramsey to come back prematurely and then suffer another injury which keeps him out until the end of the season.

Already this season we've seen Wenger being more cautious with players returning from injury. Theo Walcott and Lucas Podolski didn't come straight back into the team when they had recovered from their respective injuries. But that was at a time when the team was winning, so there was no real need to bring them straight back into the team. We're at a more difficult time in the season now when we need our best players on the pitch and delivering.

We've missed Ramsey's dynamism. It's easy to forget how good he was in the first half of the season, scoring 13 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions and providing seven assists. Without him our midfield has looked flat.

Everton will provide us with a tough test. They've only lost once in the league at home all season and although our form at Goodison Park has been good (Three wins and a draw in the last four seasons), we know they're going to be up for putting one over on us. They want fourth place as much as we do.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is clear sighted about the task in hand at the weekend. The 20-year-old has stated the players won't let the FA Cup win over Everton cloud their judgement and know they've got a tough test on their hands.

Elsewhere, Yaya Sanogo has revealed he's been taking the advice of Robert Pires and Thierry Henry while they were training at London Colney. And Arsene Wenger is eyeing up a move for Fulham teenager Patrick Roberts

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