Since Nasri left Arsenal, Our left wing position has been a bit of a problem.
Ramsey, as clever as he is. Lacks both the pace and dribbling skills Alex and Gervinho have. He does how ever have this ability to always be at the right place at the right time.
He lacks the ability to take on a player and win -consistently that is-. He tends to move in to the middle a lot, which causes Arsenal lose shape and width on the left, And our attacking play ends up being restricted to the right wing and through the middle.
Which makes it no easier because the opposing team presses Our midfield in an attempt to stop us from playing, plus the fact that opposition teams tend to play 5 in the middle field when they come up against Arsenal. Plus playing away from home it’s important your team doesn’t lose shape.
So what’s expected from a player chosen to play on the wing? Simple Pace, Skill, Good link up Play and a Good Crossing Ability. We all know that, But the purpose of playing a midfielder there, is to dominate the game by keeping the ball successfully.
So the reason Arsene keeps picking Ramsey over Gervinho for away Fixtures, is due to the Aaron being seen as a better ball player than Gervinho, And the fact that the West African Loses the ball more frequently during the match. Which
Can be dangerous as we tend to play a high line.
But what a natural winger brings to the teams is width. Maybe If Ramsey had the dribbling skills and pace of Nasri. He would perform as well as Nasri did.
But if you remember Alex Chamberlain’s performance against Milan. You will recall how he bossed the midfield along side Song. Showing his calmness in possession, his ability to know when to go forward, when to sit back and also his ability to retain the ball when under pressure.
So clearly this should tell us that there’s no better player to play on the left wing if we want to dominate the midfield away from home. Alex can do it all, he can cut in from the left and take a shot and He can beat his man, Patrice Evra knows this too well, he can retain the ball and he can cross the ball well.
So clearly he should be picked ahead Of Ramsey and Gervinho if Arsenal want to dominate the midfield.
I’m not saying Ramsey is not good enough, I’m just saying he doesn’t perform to his best on the wing.
Any way this is my OPINION!
I didn’t include Yossi because he will leave in the summer. Who do you think should Play on our left?
Follow Me On Twitter